The best time to watch the Orionid meteor shower’s peak tonight


CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — If you’ve been star gazing this month, you might’ve seen a meteor or two shoot across the sky. During the month of October, Earth passes through debris from Halley’s Comet which results in the production of the Orionid meteor shower.

The peak activity of this meteor shower, however, occurs Tuesday night. During the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 21, up to 20 meteors may be seen per hour in rural areas where there is little to no light pollution.

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), the best time to see the meteors fly is between 1 a.m. CDT and dawn when the Orionid radiant is more than 30 degrees above the horizon.

“The best way to see these meteors is to lie in a comfortable lounge chair with the back angled so that you are looking about half-way up in the sky,” the AMS said. “You can look straight up if your sky near the horizon is brightly lit, but more meteors are seen in the lower half of the sky than straight up as you are looking through a much thicker column of the atmosphere.”

If it’s cloudy in your area, don’t lose hope. You can try again Wednesday and Thursday nights as Orionid activity will be almost as strong on the night of Oct. 21 and 22, according to AMS.

Also this year, there should be little interference from the moon as it will be a waxing crescent and on the opposite of the sky.

To view the meteor shower, you can look anywhere in the sky. If you blink, though, you may miss a meteor. They move very quickly, at about 147,000 mph.

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