Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Look up to see the Orionids meteor shower tonight

Piel Isalnd and Meteor GRAHAM KIDD How to see the Orionid meteor shower
Madeline Patrick | 21 October, 2017, 00:39

The best bet is to find a secluded spot outdoors with clear skies, and minimal city lights, according to Space.com. Are you ready for it?

The Orionids have been active throughout October, but star gazers are in for a treat with the shower peaking over October 20 and 21.

"Nonetheless, tonight we have no bright moon to interfere with observations, so dedicated observers might want to try".

Don't worry too much if you don't get outside or Storm Brian is wreaking havoc where you live. "Temperatures will be in the mid-70s around midnight with mostly clear skies", Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann said. The best time to spot them is around 1:30 am each night.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: 'The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely flawless conditions.

It's the Earth passing through the debris field of Halley's comet, which last passed by our place in space in 1985 and won't return until 2061. Viewing conditions will be ideal, according to Earth Sky, because it's one day after the new moon, so there is little to no moonlight.

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Another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky.

The meteors will burst in every direction imaginable, so it might not even be necessary for you to look for the constellation.

Is this our best viewing chance?

Autumn's meteor displays Draconids (Oct 6 - 10) Orionids (Oct 16 - 27) Leonids (Nov 15 - 20) Geminids (Dec 7 - 17) Ursids (Dec 17 - 25). Skygazers can look for the meteors near the Orion constellation. Get comfortable, face southeast and scan the entire sky.

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern US which will provide excellent viewing conditions.

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