posted on Oct, 20 2019 @ 09:55 AM
Its that time of year, folks! The Orionid meteor shower peak is nearly upon us!
We have some moon to contend with, but the after-midnight / early morning (pre-dawn) hours of Oct. 21-22 will be the peak of the annual Orionid meteor
The Orionid shower happens annually when Earth passes thru the debris trail of Halley's comet (next returning in 2061.)
The Orionids are not the brightest, not most prolific, however, they are very FAST moving, at 41 miles per second, often leaving trails of ionoized
gas that can last a few seconds.
Meteor showers always have a "radiant" point, where they appear to originate in the sky, but they don't always stick to that. However, the radiant is
a good focal point as your "best bet" to catch them.
Of course, patience, and as dark a place as possible is your best bet. Avoid looking at any sources of light, including the moon, as mich as possible.
It can help to close your eyes for a bit once you're in your viewing position.
Not the right way to do it, but I once had my eyes dilated with drops from an eye doc friend for night sky viewing and it was simply amazing! Closing
your eyes and adjusting to the dark is a less extreme, yet still very effective means of improving what you'll be able to see.
Hoping for clear skies everywhere - happy viewing!
edit on 10/20/2019 by dogstar23 because: Added link