Best Meteor Shower of the Year is Here

If you’re still making plans for this weekend, you might want to include star gazing among them.

One of the year’s most impressive meteor showers will take place this weekend with ideal viewing conditions. The Orionid meteor shower, produced by the wash of debris left behind by Halley’s Comet in 1986, will put up a stunning show of an expected 25 meteors per hour streaking across the night sky with no moon for great visibility. In addition, these fireballs travel at speeds of148,000 mph, which means big, visually striking explosions that last for several minutes.

So what are the best times to watch? The fast-streaking Orionid meteors will peak on Oct 20st and 21st between midnight and dawn. Make sure your viewing location is away from the city lights.

Even if you aren’t big on star watching, you might want to make an exception this weekend. Take it from Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office who said of the event “it is one of the most beautiful showers of the year.”

Let us know what you think of the meteor shower!

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