Orionid meteor shower: Look up early Sunday to see it

The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

The shower will peak Sunday night into early Monday morning, and viewers can expect to see a more active shower with up to 25 meteors per hour, according to AccuWeather. Meteor showers occur as the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind from comets and asteroids.

The Orionid meteor shower may not be the most spectacular of the year, but it delights in other ways.

Watch orionid annually in the period from 2 October to 7 November - the culmination of a meteor shower reaches 21-22 Oct.

Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but the Orionids appear to be originate from a point above the right shoulder of the constellation Orion the hunter.

The 2018 Orionid meteor shower will peak this weekend between October 21 and 22 at an average hourly rate of 15 to 25 meteors. However, there is one slight obstacle - the almost full moon.

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"Around its peak we're estimating you can look up into the night sky and just head outside, you don't need a telescope, just let your eyes adjust and you'll see meteors streaking by in the night sky", Hennessy said. Allow yourself an hour or two to observe. They also leave persistent trains, trails of ionized gas that last for seconds after the meteor.

They zip into our atmosphere at 41mps, vaporising in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth's surface.

As scientists say, autumn meteor shower is considered to be fast and bright, although not the most intense. If possible, get far away from city lights, which can hinder the show.

Binoculars and telescopes won't improve the view, because they are created to see more stationary objects in the sky. "But if you head outside and let your eyes adjust, in addition to seeing a attractive gibbous moon you might see a few meteors".

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