How to watch the Orionid meteor shower

How to watch the Orionid meteor shower

It's not as fantastic or meteor-rich this year as it has been before, but that doesn't mean you can't stick your head out the window come Saturday evening and see the night sky lit up with flashes.

If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of Halley's Comet itself, you're about 44 years too early; it won't be visible from Earth until the year 2061 as it takes 76 years for it to make a complete revolution.

Meteoroids are often so small they burn up in the earth's atmosphere, so there is little chance of a collision.

The Orionids gets its name from the direction in which it appears to radiate, which is close to the constellation Orion.

These "comet crumbs" are the super speedy streaks of light that you'll see coming from Orion's belt tonight.

What Are The Orionid Meteor Showers?

"They will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective".

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

Orionid meteor shower 2017: What should you look out for?

Keep an eye on the upcoming dates, and hope for the right conditions during the event.

With the moon just past new on Saturday, there will be no lunar interference although South Florida sky watchers usually struggle with persistent light pollution, especially along the coast.

As the Earth crosses the Orionids - the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet - shooting stars will be visible in the night sky this weekend. Some of the meteors fly past at speeds of up to 238,000 km/h, as per Space.com.

The shower is usually named after the radiant constellation. You can expect to see about 15 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

Darkness is key when trying to watch for meteors.

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