The Orionid meteor shower is considered the best meteor shower of the fall season and one of the best of the year. And experts hope the 2019 version, which will peak in the next few days, will live up to its bill.
This is a dazzling meteor shower that occurs as the Earth flows through tiny particles of space debris from the famous Halley's Comet According to astronomy experts from AccuWeather and Space.com, the camera will be active for nearly five weeks, but will be on Monday , October 21
] "I would rank the Orionids in the top 5 of the year's meteor showers," said AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel. "It will be the strongest chill since the Perseids in August."
The key to this is that Mother Nature has to work with clear skies together. AccuWeather forecasters are now calling for cloud cover in many eastern states when the meteor shower is about to peak. The best areas to see the Orionid meteor shower are probably the south and west of the US.
Best time to see the Orionid Meteor Shower
If you want to take a look at the Orionid Meteor shower you can pick it every night in the next few days. However, their chances of seeing one or more shooting stars improve on late Monday evening in the early hours of Tuesday.
At that moment, most meteors are racing across the sky. The Orionids usually produce 20 to 25 meteors per hour, but that number decreases when the moon is shining or when clouds are in the way.
The October Moon – known as the Hunter's Moon when it reaches its maximum size – turned full on October 13 so it will be about halfway full earlier this week. This is better for the observation of stars than the bright light of a full moon.
Remarkable: It has been known for some years that the Orionid meteor shower delivers a better show than expected. Among them was the period from 2006 to 2009, when the rain produced up to 50 to 75 meteors per hour at its peak, AccuWeather noted. Chills occur when the earth flows through tiny particles of space debris from the famous Halley's comet.