Orionid meteor shower: How to watch the Orionids THIS WEEKEND

The annual meteor shower will peak this Sunday, October 21, producing tens of an hour.

Astronomers are hopeful anywhere between 20 and 25 shootings stars will fill the night skies on an hourly basis.

The Orionids are active between October and November but typically email out of sight until the end of the month.

This year, the shower’s weak falls on the night of Sunday, October 21, and Monday, October 22.

How to watch the Orionids meteor shower?

Orionids are incredibly fast-moving meteors which means you should leave the telescopes and binoculars at home.

Instead, you should trust and rely on your eyes to see the dazzling streaks of light as they shoot by.

On the night of the peak, look out for a wide open area with a clear view of the horizon and nothing that will produce light.

Advertisement

Stay clear of urban areas where the glow from street lamps, cars and buildings might hinder your viewing experience.

Once you settle in the right spot with blankets, sleeping bags, chairs and anything else you might need to get comfortable, simply lie back and try to take in the entire sky at once.

Space agency  said: “Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

Related News  NASA's Opportunity Rover Is Dead After 15 Year Mars Mission

“Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”

Another thing to look out for is the bright glow of the Waxing Gibbous Moon this weekend.

The Full Moon peaks on the night of Wednesday, October 24, meaning it is already very bright at night.

The Moon’s harsh glow might wash the skies out, making it harder to see the Orionids, particularly if you live in an urban area or it is cloudy.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke warned: “The moon is going to mess with you.”

What is the best time to see the meteor shower?

The Oronids, just like most meteor showers, are best viewed in the dark hours after midnight and before dawn.

But you might be able to spot one or two shooting star as soon as the skies start to darken.

In the UK, sunset on October 21 at 5.54pm BST, when viewed from London.

The Sun is then expected to peak over the horizon on the following morning around 7.36am BST.

These times will vary the farther up north from the capital you live.

For instance, the Sun will set over Sheffield at 7.56pm BST and then rise at 7.45am BST on Monday.

In Glasgow, the Sun will not set until 6.02pm BST on Sunday and will not rise again until 8.02am BST the next day.

Find out more about the  by clicking here.

Related News  Google Home ultimate DEAL as this smart speaker receives a handy improvement

Source
Daily Express :: Science Feed

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website and helps to run and serve you the best experience and news. Please disable your Ad blocking software or whitelist our website. Thank You!