Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Orionid meteor shower to peak in coming days

The crisp, cool and clear night is the ideal condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower.

This year's shower will peak during the evening of October 21. Earlier this month, Squamish residents did not get to see the Draconid Meteor Showe, but now, they will get a chance to see an even more impressive display. Also, at it's peak, we can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour, and these puppies are flying, moving at about 148,000 mph!

The meteor shower will happen on October 21 and 22 with 2 a.m. being the peak time on both nights.

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Samuhel said the best time to see the Orionids is after midnight through dawn, prime time being after the moon sets and before morning twilight begins.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

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Greatest number of meteors are typically visible after midnight. "This comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth's atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet's orbit, as it does every year at this time".

The meteors are bits of space rock that have entered the earth's atmosphere.

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