Orionid meteor shower: How to see the spectacle over Yorkshire

Camille Rivera
October 21, 2017

"The Orionids are so named as they seem to originate, or radiate, from near the famous constellation Orion".

"Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, the source of the Orionids", Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says in a media release.

However, city lights always pose a problem, so if you live near town, hop in your vehicle and head out into the country.

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley's Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend.

The meteors are remnants of Halley's Comet. It's recommended that you don't use telescopes or binoculars to view the meteors because those are meant to magnify stationary objects in the sky.

The best time to watch is just before dawn on Saturday, though if you watch between midnight and dawn on either Saturday or Sunday, you should get a good show. And what's your best chance of seeing it?

According the AccuWeather, this year will be a particularly good year for viewing the shower since it falls just days after the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution. The meteors themselves don't really show up until they have moved roughly 30 degrees from the radiant point.

Clear skies are also expected across much of the southwestern U.S., while clouds create issues for those trying to view the shower in the northwestern and central U.S., AccuWeather said.

The constellation Orion setting after dusk over the Vancouver skyline.

With around 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 148,000 miles per hour, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky's calendar. Get comfortable, face southeast and scan the entire sky.

Astronomers in the USA can look forward to clear skies in the southwestern and eastern parts of the country.

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