How To View The Orionid Meteor Shower

Orionid Meteor Shower in the night's sky

GETTYOrionids The Orionid Meteor Shower will be streamed live online

Stargazers are in for a treat this weekend as the Orionid Meteor Shower reaches its peak this weekend.

This is an annual phenomenon, the Orionid meteor shower is visible every year in mid-October when our planet passes through this rubble.

"If you can fearless the cold, make a plan to stay out between midnight and 3am on Sunday morning to give yourself the best chance, and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head", Mr Kerss said. Choosing an observation point that offers a panoramic view of the sky is a good idea.

They travel at 148,000 miles per hour and leave a pretty cool fireball streak in the sky when you can see them that can be as bright as Venus.

Every year in the month of October, Earth enters into an area of space with debris left behind from Halley's Comet.

As many as 20 meteors an hour should be visible near the constellation Orion when the shower peaks tonight through early Sunday.


The more of the sky you can see, the better.

As always, light pollution from the city will obscure views of the meteors, so it is best to travel as far away from them as possible.

The meteors will be seen worldwide, according to NASA, but for Oklahomans, the best viewing will be in far western Oklahoma, or in any state west of the state lane, except California, where smoke from the wildfires will make viewing hard.

With around 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 148,000 miles per hour, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky's calendar. After midnight, the constellation will be in the southeast sky.

The stream will start at 1am BST on Saturday (8pm EDT on Friday) and will include commentary and analysis from a number of experts.

Astronomers in the United States can look forward to clear skies in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country.

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