How And When To Watch Orionid Meteor Shower 2017 This Weekend

The constellation is placed in the sky above Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. "Meteors will then appear to fly right over and around you". Budding astronomers and stargazers will want to mark their calendars for the peak of the Orionid meteor shower, which is coming up this weekend.

"The Orionids are so named as they seem to originate, or radiate, from near the famous constellation Orion".

According to NASA, the meteor shower - made up of debris from Halley's Comet - will be most visible the night of october 21 and the following morning.

"Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour", Cooke said.

What makes the Orionids so special is where they come from. Plus, the moon won't be around, so the sky will be nice and dark. That way, you'll spot the meteors with the longest tails.

While The Ingram Planetarium is not hosting a viewing party for the Orionid Meteor Shower due to the late night hours that would be required, on October 28 at 8 p.m. there will be a party for International Observe the Moon Night.

To watch, look toward the constellation Orion, which rises in the east around 11 p.m. To get the best view, you're supposed to lie flat on the ground and just stare up at the sky - so best to take some warm clothes and a cheeky hot chocolate with you.

A fireball is a very bright meteor.

Uranus is in full opposition on Thursday, meaning it's directly opposite the sun.

Once you are confident that you have located Orion's club, simply sit back and enjoy the show. Instead, as NASA notes, "It is actually better to view the Orionids from 45 to 90 degrees away from the radiant".

Across Canada you'll be able to catch a glimpse of this sky spectacle. In the southern hemisphere Orion stands on his head, so you will have to look down. It will be toward the bottom of the Pisces "v".

Venus and Mars rise just before the sun this week.

The more of the sky you can see, the better.

  • Gwendolyn Kim