As the strongest meteor shower of its fall reaches its peak on Tuesday night, Sky Watchers have high hopes for next week. The annual Orionid meteor shower will rise on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Those waiting to see the meteor shower can expect 20 meteors per hour in most parts of the world.
Expect an exaggeration every few minutes The peak of the shower. The American Meteor Society considers Orionids to be a medium power shower capable of reaching high power functions. Expect two dozen meteors per hour, but always shower expectations are likely to be exceeded. NASA says there is evidence that between 2020 and 2022 there will be a bigger peak than usual.
Between 2006 and 2009, peak observers estimated 50 to 75 meteorites per hour. However, meteor showers are difficult to predict. Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through debris left by a comet or asteroid. Most debris is very small, about the size of a grain, but burns intensely when debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Orionid Shower is a remnant of Halley’s Comet, one of the most famous comets. Comet has two meteor showers left to enjoy each year, including Orionids and Eta Aquarius, which occur in early May. Halley’s Comet passes through the inner solar system only once every 75 years.
The Orionid Shower got its name from the Orion constellation, which appears to have stars rising from a point in the sky next to the constellation. The best time to see a meteor shower is after midnight, as the radiant point rises into the sky, until dawn. The best view will be from the southwest and south-central parts of the US.