How to watch the Orionid meteor shower #Breaking112
The moon’s faint waxing crescent phase will allow for optimal viewing. And if you can’t see the meteor shower on October 21, experts advise looking up during the early morning hours before and after Wednesday this week because it will still be visible.
Expect up to 20 meteors per hour streaking across the sky during the peak.
What makes these showers distinct are the beautiful gas trails left behind that can stretch out for seconds after the meteor itself is gone. Or they can break up into bright fragments.
The meteors radiate from the well-known Orion constellation, but you don’t have to look in the direction of the constellation to see them. In fact, you probably shouldn’t because those meteors will have short trails and be harder to see.
Orionids are also hard to see because they’re so fast. They zip into our atmosphere at 41 miles per second, vaporizing in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. Some have been clocked at 148,000 miles per hour. But there is no danger of these bright meteors colliding with Earth. Some of the meteoroids are only the size of a grain of sand.
Find an open area away from the city that will afford you a wide view of the sky, and don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and dress for the weather. Give yourself some time so your eyes can adjust to the dark. And you won’t need binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show.