All the star gazers and space lovers, are you ready again for the sparkling phenomenon of Orionids meteor shower 2016. Today, Friday 21 Oct is the very day when these shooting stars are more likely to be seen in most of the parts around the world. Started from Oct 16 this is going to last till Oct 26, 2016. 20 and 21 October nights are going to be the peak nights for it. Those who don’t know much about this particular meteor shower, here we have it all summed up for you.
Halley’s comet in the space, was last seen in 1986. These shooting stars (Orionids) that you’re going to witness this week are actually the debris or pieces of this comet. Each year in autumn season, our earth enters the comet’s orbit and we get the chance to witness these phenomenal shooting stars.
Today, Friday night is when you’re going to witness the celestial fireworks in the sky as high as 60 miles. Though we can’t predict the exact time of watching it but still from midnight to dawn, you can have them any hour. The most exciting part for me is these meteors can be as much as 25 in a single hour. But that very much depends on the visibility.
This year moonlight is going to make things a bit harder. Darker skies can make the Orionids meteor shower more clearer. But unfortunately, this year, moon will be accompanying you. Though it’s a wane moon but still its light will lessen the charm of the meteor rain.
What experts are suggesting is to find some location, away from dust and pollution where night sky is clear. Have something to lie down or sit. You are supposed to wait for it.
Why It’s Named Orionids?
Constellation Orion, one of the brightest constellations, is what radiates these dust particles. With three brightest stars in straight line, as the Orion constellation appears in the sky, get ready for the show.
How to Watch it an Orionids meteor shower ?
You don’t need any telescope. You can enjoy this phenomenon with naked eyes. Here is what an official from met office has to say about it.
“Orionid meteors are known to be very fast, traveling at about 41 miles per second, and typically on the faint side, although with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with its persistent, long trail.”