How to get the most out of this weekend's Orionid meteor shower

Milky Way and Meteor from Roa Island GRAHAM KIDD

The shower should be visible both Friday and Saturday nights, and the best viewing will be between midnight and dawn. Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you may see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Did you see Halley's Comet when it sailed past Earth in 1985 to 86?

Of all the annual showers that decorate our night skies, the Orionids have the distinction of being near the top of NASA's most lovely list, thanks to its lucky placement among some of the most brilliant stars visible to the human eye. We start to see Orionid meteors during late October when Earth moves into the debris path of the Halley comet.

These meteors are known as some of the brightest and fastest of all showers due to the almost-head-on collision between our planet and the comet particles.

If the meteors originate from Halley's, why are they called the Orionids?

Jimmy Westlake recently retired from full time teaching at Colorado Mountain College's Steamboat campus, after nineteen years as their professor of physical sciences, and is looking forward to spending a lot more time under the starry sky.

For best success, try to get away from city lights; face the south-southeast and enjoy the stars of the fall Milky Way. Orion is the namesake because the meteors appear to radiate from north of Betelgeuse, one of the constellation's most well-known stars.

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

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern US which will provide excellent viewing conditions. You'll want a jacket or sweatshirt early on, but you will not need it for long.

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