Stargaze This Weekend, and Spot the Shooting Stars!
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The Orionid meteor shower is currently in our skies and the best time to view will be this weekend.
So grab a comfy chair, a blanket, some friends and head out after midnight for an awesome display of starry night fireworks.
This meteor shower occurs every year as debris from Halley’s comet comes into contact with Earth’s atmosphere.
The meteors are often fast and bright, and you can expect to see one every few minutes weather permitting.
Oct 21-23 will be the best nights for viewing, especially between midnight and dawn.
As always, when it comes to stargazing, you want to get as far away from the city lights as possible. Out in the country or high on a hill or mountain is best.
Any light interference (even looking at your phone) tends to dull our night vision and will make it difficult to spot these fast-moving meteors.
Fortunately, because of the current lunar cycle, there won’t be any moonlight to spoil the show.
Orionid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Orion, which will be in the Southeast sky after midnight.
You’ll want to set aside at least an hour for this meteor shower, as it takes 30-45 minutes for the human eye to fully adjust to the dark.
So no looking at your phone! Instead, bring some music and/or friends to share the experience!