Skies over France to light up with spectacular meteor shower this weekend
- Author: Marlene Weaver Oct 21, 2017,
Oct 21, 2017, 0:40
Keep your eyes around that area of sky, but don't look directly at Betelgeuse. Are you ready for it?
Don't worry too much if you don't get outside or Storm Brian is wreaking havoc where you live. Clouds will increase Friday night, making it hard to view.
As with any shower, it's best to look a little further away from Orion-this will make the meteors you do manage to spot look longer.
It's actually been going on for most of October, and will continue through to the start of November, but the optimum time to witness something spectacular is from midnight tonight and before dawn tomorrow morning (pre 7am).
The Orionid meteor shower occurs each year as the earth moves through debris left behind by Halley's Comet, the source of the Orionid meteors. Scientists believe that when the Earth drifts through the debris, it lights up the sky as meteors, specifically the meteors that will illuminate the Orion constellation beginning tonight (October 20) and over the next few days.
Earlier this month, stargazers were treated to the Draconid meteor shower, which peaked on Sunday, October 8.
No. Viewing will be best with the naked eye.
As many as 10 to 20 shooting stars will appear during the annual spectacle, but if the weather conditions are clear, the number could be higher.
Meteor showers are named after the constellation where they appear to originate.
Cooke told Space.com that, depending on the year, there can be a peak of anywhere between 20 to 80 meteors in a single hour. Skygazers can look for the meteors near the Orion constellation.
You'll be able to spot them clearly in the eastern sky just above the horizon.