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The Orionid meteor shower covers much of the sky. The point from which they originate is known as the radiant, which is part of the constellation.
According to space.com, “The Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight through tomorrow morning (October 20-21), and the moon will be dark enough for sky watchers to see one or more of these shooting stars.”
They are considered to be the most beautiful showers of the year, known for their speed and brightness.
According to NASA, “the hemisphere or the northeast if you’re in the southern hemisphere, and look up, soaking up as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adjust and you will start to see meteors. ”
I know we are all excited about the sight, but remember, it takes patience to appreciate something and make it a lasting memory.
The moon will be a crescent moon during the rain peak, added by NASA, so the little moonlight coming out of that moon silver will not flood the sky during the meteor shower peak. This makes it easier for viewers to identify shooting stars. Viewers can expect to see around 10 to 20 meteors per hour, said Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s meteor environment bureau.
How to see?
Space.co warns that “the best way to see meteors is to find a place to lie on the ground for at least an hour or to look at the part of the sky that is slightly higher than the location of the constellation of Orion. ”
Also consider getting a place free from light pollution. You can even use apps that can help you find constellations, but avoid screen time when watching the shower. The human eye needs time to locate the darkest meteor, so it will take some time to adjust the night sky and the bright light cloud. The maximum is 30 minutes to have a clear view of the shower.
Sky watchers still have the option to explore Orionida’s meteor shower
Sky watchers may have missed the climax of the Orionid meteor shower, which occurred in the early hours of last Wednesday. However, there is still a chance to see meteors in the sky. The Orionid meteor shower lasts until November 7.
No telescope or binoculars are needed to see the meteor shower. All sky-watchers need is a place away from the city lights. When the moon is in a crescent phase, seeing the meteor shower is much easier. Meteors don’t have to compete with the bright light of a full moon.
Orionid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Orion, but can be seen across the sky. Those who completely missed the Orionid rain have another chance to see meteors light up in the night sky. The Leonidas meteor shower begins in November and the germinids in December.
While you still have a chance to watch the Orionid meteor shower, there are fewer meteors than at the top. A meteor was expected every few minutes during the heaviest rain. While a meteor makes a large amount every few minutes, orionids are considered to be a medium force rain that can occasionally provide high intensity activity.
One of the most interesting things about orionids is that they are caused by debris left behind by Comet Halley. It is perhaps the most famous comet of all, passing through our solar system every 75 years. The name Orionid comes from the fact that meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Orion. At the top there was the best view of the Southwest and Southern United States. November 7th is coming before you know it, so anyone who wants to see the meteor shower should plan accordingly.
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