Researchers and space enthusiasts are set to witness an annual celestial show early next week. They are going to see the Orionid meteor shower, the annual meteor shower that takes place in the month of October. It normally lasts from October 16 to 26 of each year.
During this period, the Earth passes through the debris stream left by Halley’s Comet. This year, the meteor shower will peak early next week and this is how you can track it. However, let’s first understand what the Orionids are and how important it is.
What is the Orionid meteor shower?
Every year during the months of October and November, our planet orbits through an area of space that consists of the debris left by comet 1P / Halley. As the comet orbits the Sun, small pieces of its outer layers break off and are left behind.
Now, the Earth during its orbit process comes into contact with the dusty debris, which allows the small pieces to collide with our atmosphere at high speeds and create streaks of light in the night sky.
When is the Orionid meteor shower coming next week?
This year, the Orionid meteor shower will peak on the night of October 21 (Monday) to October 22 (Tuesday). According to NASA’s advisory, the Orionids can be seen in the northern and southern hemispheres during the hours after midnight and space enthusiasts should go to an area that is away from city lights.
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For people living in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA advises stargazers to lie on their backs with their feet facing southeast. For those who live in the southern hemisphere, they need to look up and see as much of the sky as possible. Within 30 minutes of darkness, your eyes will adjust and you will begin to see the meteorites. It will last until dawn, the US space agency said in its advisory.