The Orionid Meteor Shower 2018 Is Coming This Week

The Orionid Meteor Shower 2018 Is Coming This Week

Soon, Orionid meteor shower 2018 will come at the end of October. Astronomers say the Orionid meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through tiny particles of space debris from the famous Halley’s Comet. Remind that Orionid meteor shower is typically one of the best meteor showers of the autumn season.

From where it will be useful to watch shooting stars?

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Orionid meteor shower, you can pick any night this weekend, experts say. However, the shower will peak late Saturday night into the pre-dawn hours of Sunday.

According to scientists this year Orionids will produce around 15 to 20 meteor showers per hour, though the fact that Orionids usually produce 20 to 25 meteor showers per hour. The reason of the lower results is the light that given off by the moon.

The October moon — known as the hunter’s moon when it reaches its peak size — will be turning full on Wednesday, Oct. 24, so it will be close to full on Saturday night.

AccuWeather says the best shot at viewing the most meteors from this shower “will be a small window between moonset, around 4 a.m. local time (on Monday), and when the morning twilight begins.”

About Orionid meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower, usually shortened to the Orionids, is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley’s Comet. The Orionids are so-called because the point they appear to come from, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Orion, but they can be seen over a large area of the sky. Orionids are an annual meteor shower which last approximately one week in late October. In some years, meteors may occur at rates of 50–70 per hour.

“As a comet comes near the sun, it warms up and it leaves behind all this debris, a debris field,” Amie Gallagher, director of the planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, explained in an interview last year. “The Earth crosses through the debris field,” and star-gazers on our planet can see some of the debris, or meteors.