The Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!
The weather is looking great for the peak night of the Orionid meteor shower Sunday night! According to the American Meteor Society, the peak night for the Orionids is October 21-22, but meteors can still be seen Friday and Saturday nights.
Did you know meteor showers are actually debris left behind from comets? The Orionids are debris from Halley’s Comet. Meteor showers are most visible when the earth intersects a comet’s orbit, and the debris from this comet is what we perceive as a meteor shower.
This year, 15-25 meteors per hour will be visible from the Orionids. The best time to watch will be between midnight and dawn early Monday morning. To get the best view of theses shooting stars, go to an area away from town or city lights. It’s also a good idea to give your eyes about 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
Here on Delmarva, we are expecting perfect weather for the Orionids Sunday night. Expect mostly clear skies with temperatures in the upper 30s, so bundle up!