Tips for Watching the Orionid Meteor Shower

October 20, 2009 / No Comments

meteor Tips for Watching the Orionid Meteor Shower
Want to see the Orionid meteor shower?

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The meteor shower will be peaking just before sunrise tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, when you may be able to see as many as 20 to 25 meteors an hour.

2.Look towards Orion, the constellation that’s also known as “the Hunter.” You probably know it because of its easily recognizable belt of stars.

3. At this time of year, Orion doesn’t rise until about 11pm. So, you don’t have to start looking until after that. Experts predict the best viewing won’t start until after midnight, or so.

4. Fortunately, the moon is in its new phase right now, so you don’t have to worryabout moonlight ruining the show.

5. You don’t need binoculars to see the meteors. Just go to a dark site away from city lights.

6. Dress warmly! It can get cold sitting outside after midnight.

7. Can’t fit the peak viewing early Wednesday morning into your schedule? That’s okay. You’ll still be able to see meteors for a few nights after the peak.

The Orionid meteors are created by small particles in the orbit of Halley’s comet.

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