Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

Posted October 21, 2017

The shower is named after the constellation Orion since the meteors appear to radiate from Orion's sword in the east-southeast sky.

The Orionid meteor shower will peak over the weekend and it looks like we should have great viewing conditions for it, especially tonight.

As the Earth crosses the Orionids - the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet - shooting stars will be visible in the night sky this weekend. This meteor shower is famous because it derives from material trailing behind the best-known comet, Comet 1P/Halley.

The best way to locate the Orion constellation is to focus your eyes on the southwestern sky, where three bright stars in a straight line form Orion's belt. Away from city lights is ideally where you want to be to see more meteors.

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The celestial light display is thanks to debris falling from the orbit of Haley's Comet, as it burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

As many as 20 meteors an hour should be visible near the constellation Orion when the shower peaks tonight through early Sunday.

No. Viewing will be best with the naked eye.

Friday night, the sky is expected to light up again in a cosmic fireworks show as the Earth passes through a field of meteoroids.

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Jane Houston Jones, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said: "The Orionids peak on October 20, a dark, moonless night". If you are viewing from an area with a lot of artificial light, like Augusta, then light pollution will prevent you from seeing numerous meteors.

As with any shower, it's best to look a little further away from Orion-this will make the meteors you do manage to spot look longer.

Oh.and get wishing for some clear skies, of course. The key to viewing meteor showers is patience.

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern USA which will provide excellent viewing conditions.

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