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The Orionid Meteor Shower may not be the most spectacular of the year, but it has a different approach. The Orionids occur every year between the 2nd of October and the 7th of November.
The summit occurs when the earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by the comet Halley, while every year at this time we cross its orbit.
They radiate from the well – known Orion constellation, but you do not have to look in the direction of the constellation to see them. In fact, you probably should not because these meteors are short and harder to see.
The best time to see this meteor shower that could produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the peak window this weekend when the moon does not dominate the night sky. This is because these meteors are paler than the Perseid meteor shower .
While the meteor shower will peak in the wee hours of October 21st and 22nd, the best view is during a short window between the setting of the moon and the beginning of dawn. Give yourself an hour or two to watch. You can check timeanddate.com to see when the shower in your area reaches peaks.
Orionids are also hard to see because they are so fast. They enter our atmosphere at 41 mph and evaporate in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth's surface. Some were clocked at 148,000 miles per hour. But there is no danger that these bright meteors will collide with the earth. Some of the meteoroids are only the size of a grain of sand.
But they leave beautiful gas trails that can stretch out for seconds after the meteor itself disappears. Or they can dissolve into bright fragments.
Find an open space away from the city that gives you a sweeping view of the sky, and do not forget to bring a blanket or chair and dress for the weather. Give yourself time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. And you do not need binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show.
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