Tonight the ice from Halleyâ€™s Comet will put on a lovely meteor shower for skywatchers. Halleyâ€™s Comet wonâ€™t come back around for 50 years. The meteor shower will peak tonight.
Two times each year, Earth goes through the debris field left by Halleyâ€™s Comet â€“ in early May and mid-October. When this happens, there is a meteor shower in Earthâ€™s sky. It is called the Orionid meteor shower because it looks as if itâ€™s coming out of the constellation Orion. Although it has been going on since October 15, tonight is the best night to see the meteor shower.
How to View Orionid Meteor Shower Tonight
The Orionid meteor shower is easy to see as long as conditions are right. Generally it is best viewable after 11 p.m. Allow your eyes to become adapted to the dark and look straight up, you will likely start to see meteors at that point. If the sky is completely dark there are likely to be as many as 30 Orionid meteors each hour. However, in areas where there is light pollution, there will be fewer visible meteors.
Stargazing is an amazing thing to do on a lovely fall evening. If you have time, you should go outside and view the Orionid meteor shower. Do you plan to watch?
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