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Look up! Catch The Orionid Meteor Shower Right Now

18 Oct 2017, 8:24 pm

Have you been feeling unlucky lately? Perhaps you’re already crossing your fingers so your team wins the next matchup. Well, we have some good news for you. That is, if you believe in superstitions.

Get that wish ready for the next time you see a “shooting star.” Right now we are entering the peak of the Orionid meteor shower. If you’re reading this article long after it has been posted, check the dates! The peak of the meteor shower is this weekend, between October 20-22, 2017. Here is a short summary to get us started with the best viewing tips.

Orionid Meteor Shower Fast Facts

  • Peaks between October 20-22
  • Orionid meteor shower can be seen between October 2 – November 7
  • Best viewing is pre-dawn
  • Moon will not be a factor (sets before midnight, waxing crescent, no “pollution”)
  • What you’re seeing is debris from Halley’s Comet
  • At peak, 10-25 meteors per hour are forecast to be seen
  • Watch closely: These meteors are fast and faint
  • These meteors are expected to appear in all parts of the sky
  • Get away from light pollution for best viewing
  • Allow 30 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness
  • Watch with a partner
  • If relocating,  let others know when you leave and when you return

There is some good and bad news in terms of the weather for the meteor shower. The bad news is there will be a large area of cloudiness moving across the country. The good news is that there are several nights/mornings to catch some “shooting stars” so if you’re in a cloudy forecast area, just head out another night/morning.

Orionid Meteor Shower Cloud Forecast

The cloud forecast Thursday night into Friday, Oct. 19-20 where gray and white colors indicate cloud cover.
The cloud forecast Friday night into Saturday, Oct. 20-21 where gray and white colors indicate cloud cover.
The cloud forecast Saturday night into Sunday, Oct. 21-22 where gray and white colors indicate cloud cover.

Catch one? If you happen to capture one of the meteors on camera via a picture or time lapse, please let us know! You can share it with us on Twitter or Facebook. Enjoy the show!

-For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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