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.

Related News:

  • Protests begin against Richard Spencer at Univ. of Florida

    Protests begin against Richard Spencer at Univ. of Florida

    They clashed violently with counterprotesters , including members of the so-called antifa movement (short for anti-fascists). But hundreds of them, along with many non-students, defied those requests, marching on the campus theater Spencer rented.
    Central Intelligence Agency  fires bomb-sniffing puppy, who just didn't care for the job

    Central Intelligence Agency fires bomb-sniffing puppy, who just didn't care for the job

    The CIA is sharing how the Class of 2017 is getting on via Twitter , using the hashtag #CIAK9 . The agency described the decision to drop Lulu from the program as "extremely hard ".
    Cooler weather on the way

    Cooler weather on the way

    These will persist for much of the day before the showers gradually taper off this afternoon and the clouds break up tonight . While the winds are not as strong as they were on Sunday, gusts could approach 30 miles per hour , especially this morning.
  • Feds Grant Maine's Request For Another REAL ID Waiver

    Feds Grant Maine's Request For Another REAL ID Waiver

    TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. However, back in May, the state began accepting documents so they'd be on file when REAL ID finally goes into effect.
    Dallas Cowboys win hosting duties for 2018 National Football League  draft big show

    Dallas Cowboys win hosting duties for 2018 National Football League draft big show

    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 2018 NFL draft will be held at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. Philadelphia hosted 1,800 accredited media and generated more than $94 million in economic impact for the city.
    Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble

    Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble

    The ability to freely exchange the currency for hard tender suggests an official exchange is likely, alongside unofficial markets. He continued: 'When buying and selling a CryptoRuble , the rate will be 13 per cent from the earned difference.
  • Roy Price, Amazon Studios Head, Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Claim

    Roy Price, Amazon Studios Head, Quits Amid Sexual Harassment Claim

    The incidents took place in a cab and at a company party in San Diego following an appearance at a comic-con two years ago. Price oversaw shows including " Transparent " and "The Man in the High Castle " while at Amazon.
    Joel Embiid Says His Minutes Restriction is 'F---ing Bull----'

    Joel Embiid Says His Minutes Restriction is 'F---ing Bull----'

    Embiid , however, is not a fan of the precaution. "Oh sh*t, I didn't know about that", said Embiid . And more from Embiid after he was informed about Brown's comments. "But that's disappointing.

    Harley-Davidson's (HOG) "Buy" Rating Reiterated at BMO Capital Markets

    Revenue rose 3.2% to US$189.1mln from US$183.2mln the previous year, despite a 6.9% decline in retail motorcycle sales to 64,209. Heading into the stock price potential, Harley-Davidson, Inc. needs to grow just 5.22% to cross its median price target of $49.
  • Kate Middleton : Baby bump well hidden for a second output surprise !

    Kate Middleton : Baby bump well hidden for a second output surprise !

    The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, revealed that Princess Charlotte is now learning to dance and loves playing with dogs. The Palace rescheduled the royal tour with a two-day visit of Prince William alone in Finland in late November.
    At least 6 killed, 10 injured in Quetta blast

    At least 6 killed, 10 injured in Quetta blast

    Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is capital, told Reuters: "It was a suicide blast". A forensic team from Lahore is expected to reach Quetta soon to determine the nature of the blast, he said.
    Trump Camp Ordered to Give Up Sexual Misconduct Docs

    Trump Camp Ordered to Give Up Sexual Misconduct Docs

    The president's lawyer tried to have the suit dismissed in July, claiming that a sitting president can not face a civil lawsuit. The campaign did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment in time for publication.


Most liked

Here's How To Use The New Features
Other new features added in the update include the ability to pre-purchase certain Switch games from the console's digital eShop. The function does not allow save data to be copied and only works by transferring the entire player profile to the new hardware.

Fallen soldier's mother says President Donald Trump disrespected her son
However, it is typical for presidents to express their condolences in a phone call or letter. Mr Trump initially claimed that only he among presidents made sure to call families.

Manchester United boss Mourinho putting out feelers, PSG looks like next step
I never felt that we could concede a goal, we were very solid defensively - sometimes I feel that to be good defensively is a crime but it is not a crime.

Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic
Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season, which is coincidentally also at Toronto on November 7. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.

Joe jonas, Sophie Turner
It comes after it was revealed that Joe's friends and family are "thrilled" he's engaged to Sophie . Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner seen out for a walk in Manhattan on May 3, 2017.

Nuclear war may break out any time, warns North Korea
North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UN Kim In-ryong made the remarks in a statement to a UN general assembly committee in NY . However he did warn that the U.S. mainland was within missile firing range, according to reports.

Trump slams NFL for not asking players to stand for national anthem
And we believe, with the players, that we can help them, we can support them. It's possible the issue will resolve itself without league action.

Amnesty says Myanmar killed hundreds of Rohingya
Many of the Rohingyas who arrived since Sunday told the UNHCR they were forced to leave when their villages were set on fire. In some villages, women and girls were raped or subjected to other sexual violence, according to the report.

Garmin Speak integrates Alexa: Now the navigation is even smarter
Whether I was listening to a soft- spoken radio host or a power ballad from a Broadway soundtrack, the sound was clear and rich. But once you've done that, you can tell Alexa to play the artist or song of your choice on any of the speakers in that group.

Liverpool thrashes Maribor 7-0 in Champions League
Klopp intends to keep changes to a minimum but could give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain his first Champions League start for the club. Another goal soon followed as a sweeping move from back-to-front saw James Milner cross to the edge of the area.

Benson ranks No. 288 on 'Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans
The magazine in explaining it got the details, said it continues to get more information by digging deeper on all the properties. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped the list for a 24th consecutive year with a net worth estimated at 89 billion dollars.

Sri Lanka bring in Sadeera Samarawickrama for Pakistan ODIs
The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23). Opener Fakhar Zaman departed early as Pakistan is 25-1 in second One Day International (ODI).

Newborn among 32 dead in Portugal wildfires
Two brothers in their 40s from the town of Penacova , who were trying to put out one of the fires, were among those killed. The wildfires follow an enormous forest blaze in Portugal in June, which killed 64 people and injured more than 130.

Princess Kate dances with Paddington Bear at London train station
The Duchess of Cambridge , 35, was greeted by Paddington Bear at the famous storybook character's train station. Since its first appearance after the announcement of her pregnancy, Kate Middleton went on official events.

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title
When asked if he would play upcoming tournaments in Basel, Switzerland and Paris, Nadal refused to confirm his participation. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl.