Make sure you get outside and try and catch a glimpse of the astronomical event that originated from Halley's Comet: Orionid Meteor shower.
Make sure you get outside and try and catch a glimpse of the astronomical event that originated from Halley’s Comet: Orionid Meteor shower.
The last time it passed closed to earth was way back in 1986. But the solar wind blew bits and pieces of the comet off and even after it was kicked off in to the outer solar system those parts are still there.
Now it’s called the Orionid Meteor shower because of where it radiates from, the Constellation Orion. Since we are at a New Moon we do not need to worry about the moonlight washing out the sky. So the best time to view it is going to be after midnight through sunrise. This is because of where you are located on the earth. As the earth rotates in to Halley’s debris field the meteors hit earth kind of like your car driving in to a swarm of bugs.
Also remember, even though the moonlight is not a problem, the city lights still could block out some of those dimmer meteorites. So the further you get out of the city, the better chances you will have at seeing the falling stars.
At the peak, it could be around 20-30 meteors per hour.
Strasenburgh Planetarium, they have a weekly viewings on Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. But as mentioned for best viewing, you will want to wait until after midnight. Of course though, do get outside and enjoy this annual event.