Do not miss out on the Perseid meteor shower this year? Well, do not worry because the sky wants to host another breathtaking phenomenon very soon. That's right.
Although both the Perseids and the Orion are meteor showers, they're two completely different, separate events. While the Orionid meteor shower may not be as flashy or proud as the Perseid shower, it's still just as much in its own unique way.
So, let's get to the good part then. How can you see the Orionid meteor shower? And when and where does it happen? Orionid meteor shower.
What is the Orionid meteor shower?
The Orionid meteor shower is made of pieces of the great Comet Halley, which is the most well-known comet of all time. Each year, the comet leaves particles as it goes through the space which eventually hit the Earth's atmosphere and become known as the Orionid meteor shower.
And the name "Orionid" is not exotic because it sounds strange and cool (even though we can not argue that it does not.) which happens to be in the direction of the Orion the Hunter constellation.
Fun fact: The Orionids first made their debut in 1839 after being spotted in the sky in Connecticut. However, Comet Halley has been recorded as long ago as 240 B.C. and the comet's most recent visit was in 1986. You do not need to mark your calendars for its next visit yet, though. That will not occur until 2061. But, then you can still enjoy the comet by taking in the Orionids.
When is the 2018 Orion Shower?
Halloween is not the only major event that takes place in October. The Orionids so make their appearance in this month. October 21 and 22 at 2 am
If that's a little too late for you to get your astronomy on, some pieces, you'll have to set your alarm for this one of the Orionids wants to be visible every night starting October 15 to October 29 as long as the moon does not get in the way of our meteor viewing. However, the 21st and 22nd around 2 a. m. are the best dates and time to view the shower.
Where and how can you see the Orionids?
Burn bright and fast, Orionids. Well, some do at least. An Orionid can be up to 148,000 miles per hour, so they can sometimes be a blink of an eye. However, in a perfect dark night sky, it's possible that as many as 25 meteors per hour can be seen. In a case like this, the radiant of the shower must appear directly overhead. The Orionids have no special location. They can be viewed anywhere. The shower's point of origin is Orion's sword.
It's important to remember that you should never look at the radiant or area of origin. Meteors near this spot are always the hardest to see, so looking farther away from the radiant will produce a better chance of seeing the showers. So it's great to head out to see the show a little early, so your eyes can adjust to the dark sky. And leave the binoculars and telescopes at home. These are not necessary in order to see the Orionids. And a note to city dwellers – it's best to get out of the city, since the lights only make it harder to see this event.
Orionid meteor shower, all you need to make a date with the night sky sometime this month so you will not miss out. After all, you're basically achieving a first-rate childhood.
Sloane Solomon is a YourTango editor and writer who covers pop culture, lifestyle, and love and relationships .!