Orionid Meteor Shower to Peak This Week

19 October, 2017, 19:22 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Orionid Meteor Shower 2017

"The Orionid meteor shower is very reliable, plus, the shooting stars it produces have been increasing over recent years", museum researcher Lee Chin (李瑾) told CNA. We won't see the comet of course, but as earth goes through the debris left behind by Comet Halley we will see the meteors.

With the moon just past new Saturday, there will be no lunar interference.

According to NASA, the Orionids are formed by the debris from Halley's comet, and are known for being quick and bright.

The meteor extends into early November, but the number of meteors you'll be able to see drops off fast after this weekend.

Although the number of Orionids can not rival the three major meteor showers of the year - the Quadrantids, Perseids and Geminids - they are known for consistency in intensity and convenience for observation, as they are both bright and positioned near the zenith, the museum said.

It returns to Earth's vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his or her lifetime.

And bear in mind that you won't need binoculars or telescopes, since they're only useful for stationary objects. It won't come again until 2061.

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

The Orionids are named for the celestial hunter Orion, which is easy to spot in the night sky by its bright belt of three aligned stars.

Turn your gaze toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation for the bulk of the meteors.

A live broadcast of the Orionids will be created via via Ustream on October 20 at 10 p.m. EDT.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely flawless conditions".

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