The Earth’s sky is a gift that just keeps on giving and though we’re not sure what we’ve done to deserve such an impressive show of Northern Lights and Supermoons this year, we’ll gladly keep accepting ’em. Honestly, this month, in particular, has been pretty spectacular and though our necks are still pretty sore from looking upwards at the Aurora Borealis, next week, junior astronomers are encouraged to keep an eye out once again. This time, for the Orionids Meteor Shower Peak, where around 20 ‘shooting stars’ will be visible per hour.
Manifest a clear sky, folks, because we’ll already have the light of the full moon working against us and you won’t want to miss it!
Visible in the Southeast on Thursday, October 21st debris left behind by Halley’s Comet will enter and vaporize entering our upper atmosphere in the early morning hours. Unfortunately, this year’s peak hours may not be as ludicrous as others, as a full Hunter’s Moon is expected to be filling the night sky with its glow.
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Now, it certainly won’t be the year’s brightest display, but if you manage to get a peek – it will still be pretty special. After all, it’s not every day that we see a meteor!
As always, for the best view, we’d recommend driving as far away from the light pollution in your city as possible and bringing snacks – because, for those who are committed, you may be there for a while.
So – cross your fingers, friends! and stay alert. Orionids may peak on the 21st, but it’ll stick around until November 7th so you may even see something later on. Who knows!
ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER – PEAK
When: Friday, October 21st