You May See Shooting Stars This Weekend

Mindy Sparks
October 22, 2018

However, there is one slight obstacle - the almost full moon.

The Orionid meteor shower, the most active meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet (which won't return until 2061), reaches peak activity late tonight with up to 20 meteors visibly crossing the sky each hour.

The Orionids are best seen on a clear, dark night when the shower radiant point, near the border of the constellations Orion and Gemini, is high in the sky, explained.

Skies will be clearing quickly Saturday, leaving skies clear for the annual Orionid Meteor Shower!

Orionids get their name from the constellation Orion, which is where the meteors appear to come from.

Cloud-free conditions will allow much of the United States to see this weekend's Orionid meteor shower, the first major shower of the fall. For that reason, the best time for viewing will be after the moon sets around 3:00am but before the sun rises around 7:00AM.

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.

Orionids are also hard to see because they're so fast. Some have been clocked at 148,000 miles per hour. Some of the meteoroids are only the size of a grain of sand. Or they can break up into bright fragments. It is important to be far away from artificial lights.

When looking for a place to gaze, go for an open area with as little artificial lighting as possible and, when there, make sure you wait at least 15 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, don't check your smartphone in the meantime.

Orionid meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth and can be seen anywhere across the sky.

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