Orionid meteor shower: How to see the spectacle over Yorkshire

Adjust Comment Print

Are you ready for it?

"We are in an optimal day to see it so we are just after the new moon".

Just make sure you head to somewhere remote, with no light pollution or tall buildings/trees in the way.

Clear skies are also expected across much of the southwestern U.S., while clouds create issues for those trying to view the shower in the northwestern and central U.S., AccuWeather said. At peak, if the night is dark and cloudless, up to 70 meteors an hour can be seen.

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.

"In reality, you'll see far fewer, because your local conditions are variously less than ideal, but Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars" zipping across the sky'. Plus, this meteor shower is great for amateurs star-watchers as you don't need telescopes to see them.

The UN's educational, scientific, cultural agency — UNESCO
The American reluctance to pay due membership fees has negatively impacted the agency's routine operations and staff employment. UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has voiced concerns that the USA move could affect the important work of UNESCO .

WHERE AND WHEN TO LOOK: The best time to view the meteor shower is after midnight through the pre-dawn hours.

They are so-called because they appear to originate in the same part of the sky as the constellation Orion. "The best chance of seeing them will be in the early hours before dawn". Skygazers can look for the meteors near the Orion constellation.

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

"Orionid meteors often leave longer trails than Perseid meteors, and have a more-pronounced bluish colour". Orion is in the southwest sky if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, or in the northwestern sky if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

Another bonus: Skywatchers across the highly populated eastern US should have clear skies for viewing the Orionids, according to AccuWeather meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

Comments