Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Tough to beat conditions like this for some autumn stargazing with the Big Dipper over Lake Washington and Orion rising over the Cascades Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies
Sandra Phillips | 21 October, 2018, 06:10

STARGAZERS are in for a treat this week with a large meteor shower.

If you miss the peak, the show is also visible between on October 29 around the same time, as long as the moon isn't washing the meteors out.

This weekend, go outside and look up in the dark hours before dawn to witness the annual Orionid meteor shower, which will hit its peak overnight on October 21-22.

What's more, these speeds make it the second fastest shower of the year, second only to the Leonid Meteor Shower.

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A mainly clear night sky this weekend will give us the opportunity to see the Orionid meteor shower.

Accuweather's Dave Samuhel said in an article that the meteor shower is expected to be higher this year with 20 to 25 meteors per hour; however, moonlight could be an issue, as it is almost a full moon overnight.

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set. Within 30 minutes, your eyes will adapt to the darkness and you'll be able to do some stargazing.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. "At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris", explains Space.

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