Orionid meteor shower to peak next week: Everything you should know

Orionid meteor shower to peak next week: Everything you should know

Orionid meteor shower to peak next week: Everything you should know

The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Orion.

The pieces of space debris that create the Orionids comes from a famous source: Halley's Comet. But the Orionids are more active.

That's right, tonight brings another galactic spectacle: in this case the Orionid meteor shower, courtesy of Halley's Comet as we pass through its ice tail of dust, debris, and other cosmic detritus only to watch it burn up in our ever-thinning atmosphere like so many precious moments.

"It will be the strongest shower since the Perseids of August", he tells NJ.com.

Beginning Monday night, the skies will serve up a celestial treat when the dazzling Orionid meteor shower peaks. The best viewing times are between 9 p.m. and midnight, according to the museum. The shower will commence from the evening and continue until the dawn of October 22. "If you can spot Orion, then get ready for some meteors".

Unfortunately, the moon will be 40 percent illuminated, meaning it will be bright enough to boring the meteor shower to the naked eye. This is because the meteors look like they emerge or "radiate" from the same area in the sky as the constellation Orion.

Experts believe this year will see high rates of meteors.

Much the same as any meteor shower, specialists state your chances are smarter to see the most falling stars from the Orionids on the off chance that you can locate a dim area, as far away from brilliant city lights as could reasonably be expected.

So maybe you missed the Draconid and Taurid meteor showers earlier this month. Stargazers are encouraged to look away from the moon to spot some. "It may also be advisable to lie down as you will be looking up for a long time".

With the planet now passing through the tail end of the famous Halley's Comet, Irish skies are set to light up, with up to 20 meteors an hour predicted to shoot across the heavens. Since his three-studded belt sits along the equator, the Orionids shower is one of the few meteor showers that is visible from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

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