October has promised to be quite the astronomically-rich month this year as you can expect a Full Harvest Moon, a rare Blue Moon, and a glimpse of a very lit-up Mars. But besides these, there will also be the Orionid meteor shower.
The Orionid meteor shower is an annual appearance that begins in October as the Earth travels through the debris left by Halley’s Comet. As NASA has reported, the meteor shower is a beautiful sight to behold because of the speed at which the meteors are traveling – which is about 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth’s atmosphere. That is fast!
But that’s also good news for those stargazers who are looking at the sky since it means they’ll be able to see the glowing trails left behind by the meteors. And according to NASA, during the peak of the Orionid meteor, you can expect to see about 10 to 15 meteors per hour! I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of wishes I could use.
The Orionid meteor shower will be active from the 2nd of October all the way through the 7th of November. As EarthSky reports, the peak of the shower is expected to be around the morning of October 21st, which is a Wednesday. Given that the moon will be in its waxing stage at that point and will be setting early in the night, there will be a dark enough sky to see meteors.
The best place to see the meteor shower is to go somewhere dark enough away from light pollution. According to NASA, the best way to view the meteor shower is to lay flat on your back with your feet pointed in a southeast direction. And hopefully, you can catch a few meteors and make a wish you two.
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.