Orionids: How to watch the meteor shower when it peaks on Friday

Don’t forget to look up at the night sky in the coming days if you want to catch a glimpse of the Orionid meteor shower, which is expected to peak on Friday.

NASA calls the Orionid meteor “one of the most beautiful showers of the year.”

They are described as prolonged bursts of light, fireballs, or “glow trains,” and they have incandescent debris trailing them upon awakening. The meteorites move at a speed of about 66 km/s. During peak activity, in a moonless sky, viewers can see about 15 meteors per hour

Here are some basic tips from NASA to increase your chances of seeing an Orionid meteor this season.


Getting a good view of this mesmerizing light show largely depends on your location. NASA says that the Orionids are most viewable in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, in the hours after midnight. Since light pollution can affect general visibility, it is better to find a location away from crowded cities or street lights.


Since there’s no telling when – or if – the Orionids will light up the sky, camping is an effective strategy to maximize your chances. Bringing a sleeping bag, blanket, and camping gear to stay warm can help keep you comfortable during long waits.


How you position yourself can also make a difference when it comes to seeing Orionids. For example, if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, lying flat on your back with your feet facing southeast will expand your sky range. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, lying on your back with your feet facing northeast will do the same thing.


According to NASA, it takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Minimizing the use of flashlights and lights from external devices, such as cell phones, will allow your eyes to adjust more easily.

The Orionid meteor will be visible until dawn.


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