If you love seeing shooting stars or haven't seen one yet, then now is the perfect time to catch a beautiful celestial show. According to a report, the Orionids meteor shower will peak on October 21 and October 22.
The Orionids meteor shower happens annually every October and it is often considered one of the most beautiful meteor showers.
According to an advisory by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the October Orionids meteor shower will be active starting October 17 to 25 and will peak on Monday night and Tuesday night, October 21 and 22.
The agency said, “At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition, but sometimes there are lulls even during the traditional maximum peak nights of October 21 to 22, 2019.”
PAGASA also noted in its advisory, “The Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by [Halley’s Comet], the parent comet of the Orionid shower.” The comet takes 76 years to orbit the Sun.
To catch a glimpse of the Orionids, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) suggests that the meteor shower is best viewed after midnight in an area away from city or street lights. They said, “Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.”
Go ahead, grab your favorite stargazing buddy and catch a glimpse of the Orionids tonight and tomorrow night and make a wish on a shooting star!
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