Commencing on Monday night, October 21, the Orionid meteor shower will stun stargazers and continue all night long until the early hours of the following day, October 22.
If you have a special date planned for next week, you might want to consider changing the venue because a magical celestial show is coming up! Commencing on Monday night, October 21, the Orionid meteor shower will stun stargazers and continue all night long until the early hours of the following day, October 22, reports PEOPLE.
Although the occurrence takes place every year around mid-October, 2019 however has been said to have the best weather for meteor-spotting.
According to a report by AZ Central, this time of the year has mild temperatures without any stormy clouds obstructing the view. And in addition to this, many other minor meteor showers will be taking place during the same time as the Orionid meteor shower, increasing one's chances of witnessing the phenomenon commonly known as "falling" or "shooting stars", says local astronomers.
An Arizona State University Professor with the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Patrick Young said, "You basically can't get better weather (for watching meteor showers.)" Although the occurrence takes place between October 16-26, but on Monday night, it will be at its peak providing you a chance to enjoy nature's spectacular fireworks!
Providing the best time to observe these meteors, Young and Adam Block, who work in the University of Arizona's Department of Astronomy's Steward Observatory, revealed that on Monday, from 10 p.m. to midnight would be the best time to witness it as the moon will rise after midnight thus lighting up the night sky and making the meteors appear hazier.
But as the moon will be just 45% of its actual size that morning, you will be able to easily spot them until dawn. Now, the Orionid is not known to have the most abundant showers, however, the meteors traveling in much more speed could leave behind glowing long trails in the sky which are visible for about 4 seconds or sometimes longer, revealed Block. And sometimes they convert into fireballs which definitely keep an eye out for.
The best part for this show is the fact that you don't need any fancy pieces of equipment, like telescopes or binoculars, to view them as they could appear all over the sky and save you the trouble of focusing on just one portion of the sky.
The Orionid is a "medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity," as per the American Meteor Society (AMS.) According to the International Meteor Organization, you can expect about 10-20 meteors every hour, which is a decent number for any typical year, however, in some years, one could get the opportunity to see about 50-75.
So, the Orionid can be viewed from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. It would be best if you can find a space away from the light pollution in busy cities. All you have to do is carry a blanket or a lawn chair and rest on either of them facing southeast if you're in the Northern Hemisphere and northeast in case of the Southern Hemisphere.
Now, you need to patiently observe the dark sky until your eyes adapt to the lightening and withing 30 minutes or less you will be able to see the bright showers of meteors.
As the earth moves along its orbit every year, passes through the debris left behind by Halley's Comet, that's when the Orionid meteor shower occurs as the dust particles enter the atmosphere of the earth in October.
And the name of this phenomenon (also known as a shooting star) is derived from the constellation Orion as it appears to be radiating from there. The outlet suggests that you should at least spend an hour to enjoy nature's show.