How To Watch This Weekend's Orionid Meteor Shower In Australia

How To Watch This Weekend's Orionid Meteor Shower In Australia

How To Watch This Weekend's Orionid Meteor Shower In Australia

The planet survived, though, and Halley's Comet continues to zip across the sky, leaving a trail of astral debris in its wake. The showers produce about 20 visible meteors per hour, and run for the entire weekend.

With the moon just past new on Saturday, there will be no lunar interference although South Florida sky watchers usually struggle with persistent light pollution, especially along the coast.

"The Orionid meteor shower (which takes its names from the constellation Orion) will appear from October 2 to November 7 but will be the most prolific on October 21", she told Broadsheet.

No equipment is needed, as the flying fireballs will be visible to the naked eye, so all you need to do is look up. Particles from Haley's Comet will be visible late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

"In reality, you'll see far fewer, because your local conditions are variously less than ideal, but Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright "shooting stars" zipping across the sky".

Halley's Comet - also known as Comet 1P/Halley - shoots past the Earth every 75 years but we collide with its debris twice a year. While it won't be as spectacular as the Perseid meteor shower was, it will still be an incredible event. Avid watchers should remember that telescopes and binoculars may not improve the prospect of watching the meteor shower as these gadgets are more appropriate for viewing more stationary objects in the sky. Orion is right above it, and the Orionids radiant point is just to the left. In the southern hemisphere Orion stands on his head, so you will have to look down.

While falling Orionids will be visible to the naked eye from nearly anywhere in the country, stargazers are advised to steer clear of cities so as to escape light pollution for the best view of the dazzling display.

The clearest skies will be around 3am in Eastern parts of England, as well as the southeast, Lincolnshire and the Midlands.

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