Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend - here's what to know

22 Octobre, 2018, 21:53 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • A meteor shower in the night sky

That means if you look away from the sky for a moment you might not catch them falling, but you might still be able to see their trail.

On the night of 21 October, the inhabitants of the earth, including Ukrainians, will observe the unbelievable phenomenon of a meteor shower the orionids, which will peak.

The best time to look for Orionid meteors is 4 a.m. local time to before twilight when Earth encounters the densest part of Halley's Comet's debris stream.

The Orionid shower is known for the brightness and speed of its meteors, according to NASA, which calls it "one of the most lovely showers of the year". The shower runs from October 2nd through November 7th every year as Earth passes through the debris path of Comet Halley, but it peaks this Sunday morning.

Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but the Orionids appear to be originate from a point above the right shoulder of the constellation Orion the hunter.

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The best spots to see the meteor shower will be as far away as possible from any light pollution.

"This year the moon is competing with the meteor shower", he said.

Fall's best meteor shower promises to be even more spectacular in 2018 thanks to dark skies from moonless nights during the best viewing times. You can check timeanddate.com to see when the shower peaks in your area. Some have been clocked at 148,000 miles per hour.

But they leave handsome gas trails that can stretch out for seconds after the meteor itself is gone. Of course meteors Around, the brightness of which reaches 2.5 m magnitudes are white, but sometimes among them there are also red, blue, green, yellow and orange. And you won't need binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show. "But if you head outside and let your eyes adjust, in addition to seeing a lovely gibbous moon you might see a few meteors".


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