The Orionids will peak next week: Here they are & how to watch This is a spectacular time in another year when the Earth passes through the remaining debris field behind Halley's Comet and the sky lights up with dozens of falling stars, known as Orionids meteor showers.
"I will rank the Orionids in the top five meteor showers this year," AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. "This will be the strongest shower since the Perseids in August."
Orionids, named after their origin in the Orion constellation, are already underway and will peak on October 22 and 23 before ending on November 7. At the peak of the sky view, observers can expect to see up to 30 to 40 meteors darting across the night sky 60 miles up (conditions allow) at speeds of up to 148,000 mph.
How to catch a heavenly show
The best opportunity for visibility is one or two hours before dawn at 6:55 a.m. ET time on October 23. Although, in general, showers are best seen after midnight, after Orion is fully visible in the night sky.
The higher in the sky the point of radiation, the higher the rate of meteors per hour. Meteors appear longer and more spectacular at around 45 to 90 degrees from the sun's rays, so make sure you adjust your perspective if you keep out the cold morning.
As always, experts recommend that you stay away from city lights if you can, lie flat on the ground facing the constellation Orion, and get out early (about 30 minutes before the peak does the trick) to give your eyes time to adjust into the dark.
Unfortunately, this show will be rather spoiled because it takes place when the Moon is at a bright spot. Then there is the risk of cloud cover that is inevitable. However, the promise of two dozen meteors per hour should be enough to persuade amateur astronomers with all their might from the bed.
For those who will lose the peak of the Orionids, don't be afraid, because there are four meteor showers that are expected to peak in the closing months of 2019, including Geminid in mid-December, with an expected peak of more than 100 meteors per hour.
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