Orionids Meteor Shower at Its Best and Brightest This Weekend

Eloise Marshall
October 22, 2018

"Around its peak we're estimating you can look up into the night sky and just head outside, you don't need a telescope, just let your eyes adjust and you'll see meteors streaking by in the night sky", Hennessy said.

Nevertheless, all astronomy enthusiasts who love watching meteor showers should be able to see a few meteors streak across the night sky on Friday and Saturday night before the shower peaks.

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".

"Debris from Haley's Comet on the other side of the solar system causes the Eta Aquarius meteor shower in spring, but the Orionids are the more active shower", Samuhel said. The Orionids are scraps from Halley's comet, but so-called as they appear to come from the Orion constellation.

This year, however, glare from the half-illuminated waning moon will make for less than ideal viewing. They zip into our atmosphere at 41 miles per second, vaporizing in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth's surface.

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Experts recommend to enjoy stargazing outside the city, away from city lights where orionid can be seen with the naked eye.

Some have been clocked at 148,000mph. The first officially-recorded flyby was in 1066, although unconfirmed glimpses of Halley's comet were caught as far back as 467 B.C.

The best time to see the shooting stars is from 5am to 6am on Monday morning and by looking in a southern direction at a point a little above halfway between the horizon and the highest point in the sky.

Watch orionid annually in the period from 2 October to 7 November - the culmination of a meteor shower reaches 21-22 Oct.

The display comes after the Perseids in August and before the Geminids in December.

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