Orionid meteor shower

| October 20, 2019 @ 4:20 pm

Look to the left of the constellation Orion for meteors (image courtesy American Meteor Society)

The Orionids peak on the evening of Tuesday, October 22. While most meteor showers have very sharp peaks which are best viewed on a single night, usually a few hours before sunrise, the Orionids are a bit different this year.

5-10 meteors per hour are expected on Monday and Wednesday evening with slightly more, up to 15 per hour expected on Tuesday according to the American Meteor Society

The radiant, or area of the sky that meteors appear to originate from is to the left of the constellation Orion. Orion rises around 10 pm local time and should be high enough by midnight to see meteors moving toward the horizon as well. You’ll see fewer as the first quarter Moon rises around 1 am local.

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