Orionid meteor shower to peak in W. MI this weekend

Postado Outubro 19, 2017

The shower normally produces 20 meteors per hour.

For the best experience, grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and look towards the constellation Orion.

WAKING up at an absurdly early hour on Sunday morning will be a small price to pay to see the Orionid meteor shower.

Each October our planet passes through a stream of debris left behind from Halley's Comet known as the Orionids.

As Earth passes through Halley's orbit, pieces of rock plunge into our upper atmosphere and burn up, causing lovely shooting star displays.

Of all the annual showers that decorate our night skies, the Orionids have the distinction of being near the top of NASA's most attractive list, thanks to its lucky placement among some of the most brilliant stars visible to the human eye. The best time to view the shower will be a few hours before dawn.

This is the most famous comet on the astronomical calendar because it's visible to the naked eye and also because it can be seen twice in a human lifetime thanks to its appearance in our skies every 74 to 79 years.

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

On October 19there will be a new moon, which means if you can get away from city lights it will be very dark. Be patient and watch closely and you have a good chance at catching sight of a shooting star or two.