Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Orionid meteor shower this weekend, will we see the show?

Orionid meteor shower this weekend, will we see the show?

The Orionid meteor shower will be visible without needing any special equipment.

In the short time before dawn this upcoming October 21-22, you will be able to experience peak meteor-watching, but if you look up on the other days in this window, you might still catch meteors in the sky.

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set. During the peak, 15-20 meteors per hour will likely be visible, though the annual shower has before peaked at upwards of 80 meteors per hour.

A meteor shower will appear at the end of this week. As it makes its way around the sun, it leaves a trail of gas and dust behind it, which can be seen when the debris crosses between the Earth's orbit and the sun. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles nearly head on.

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The Orionid meteor shower isn't the most productive shower of the year, but its closeness to the easy-to-spot Orion and its association with Halley's comet make it a well-known one.

However, it will be at its peak between October 21 to 22. However, if you miss the peak, you may be able to catch the peak on October 29, barring the moon doesn't drown out the meteors.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

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