When, Where and How To Enjoy the Upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower
The world is a large and mysterious place. So many mysteries surround nature and we’re only just barely beginning to understand what anything really means. Scientists are constantly making new discoveries about the oceans, the deserts, and even the plant life on our home, Earth. There is so much to learn that at times it can feel like we know nothing about our own planet. When it comes to outer space, our current understanding is even more limited. The realm beyond our atmosphere is full of a nearly infinite number of cosmos phenomena. Thankfully, with a rapidly growing interest in space programs, we have started to understand space more thoroughly.
What Is Meteor Shower?
Among the aspects of outer space that we actually do understand are the meteor showers. Meteor showers occur, “When the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet or asteroid.” Meteors are defined by Nasa as, “Bits of rocks and ice ejected from comets as they move in their orbits about the sun.”
Approximately thirty meteor showers occur across the entire planet every single year. It’s a large planet that we live on, and so the chances of a meteor shower being visible from where you live might not be the best. It isn’t uncommon for would be spectators to travel long distances to be able to view the phenomenon.
Upcoming Meteor Shower
This year, we have the privilege of being able to spectate the enormous Orionid Meteor Shower coming in late October. The meteor shower scheduled to appear on the night of October 21st – 22nd. Thankfully, we won’t have to go far in order to see the meteor shower, as it is expected to visible to the entire planet. So no matter where you are, you are going to be able to see the Orionid Meteor Shower!
What Time Is The October Meteor Shower?
It will be best visible around one thirty in the morning. The best place to view the spectacle would be away from a city. Light pollution will be a large hindrance, so the further you can get from civilization, the better chances you will have to view the show. The brightness of the moon is going to be another potential problem in seeing the show, however. According to NASA’s meteor expert, Bill Cooke, in an interview with space.com, “The moon is going to mess with you.”
However, the threat of the moon shouldn’t entirely remove our ability to view the meteor shower. According to Bill Cooke, we should be able to view around fifteen to twenty meteors per hour if we know where to look.
If you’re wondering where the best place to look in the sky is, the answer is to locate the constellation of The Hunter Orion. The place of origin for the meteors is expected to be near Orion’s sword. However, according to Bill Cooke, the best place to look for the meteors would actually be away from Orion because, “Meteors close to the radiant have short trails and are harder to see — so you want to look away from Orion.”
So remember, when you’re looking for the Orionid Meteor Shower to be far from city lights and to look for the great hunter, Orion! And be sure to dress warmly! It’s bound to be a cold but beautiful night. Have fun!
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