The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight!
One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak early Saturday morning. The Orionids form from the debris of Halley’s Comet. Halley’s Comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, but is constantly orbiting the sun. Comets leave particles behind as they move through space, and when the Earth moves through these particles, it’s perceived from Earth as a meteor shower. For this specific meteor shower, the Earth will be hitting the particles head on, making the meteors appear fast and bright.
The best time to view the Orionids will be between 2 AM and 5 AM Saturday morning, with 10-20 meteors visible per hour. If you miss the peak night, they will still be visible through early November. It’s best to be somewhere away from town and city lights, and make sure you give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
Luckily, Delmarva will be experiencing perfect weather for the Orionids! We can expect crystal clear skies tonight with low humidity and temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. The clear skies will continue through Monday. For the latest forecast, check out http://www.wmdt.com/weather.