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Orionid meteor shower: Lack of moonlight makes for excellent viewing conditions

Orionid meteor shower: Lack of moonlight makes for excellent viewing conditions

Orionid meteor shower: Lack of moonlight makes for excellent viewing conditions

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"Nonetheless, tonight we have no bright moon to interfere with observations, so dedicated observers might want to try".

If you're in an area with more light pollution, a pair of binoculars will help.

I love putting on a coat, lighting up a bonfire and enjoying the night sky with a cup of something hot - cider or otherwise.

On a normal night viewers may see between two and four meteors per hour - however during a large meteor shower stargazers can see up to 100 meteors in one hour. "Temperatures will be in the mid-70s around midnight with mostly clear skies", Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

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The best part? The overnight low on Saturday is 73 degrees, the ideal temperature for spending some time under the stars. "Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you might see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour".

"As Comet Halley moves through space, it leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth's atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, every year".

"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'. The meteor shower radiates from that belt, but space.com says not to look there because the meteor trails are shorter. Ultimately, the view from a higher vantage point, such as a hill or mountain, is best.

Look to the southeast sky and the constellation Orion - thus the name Orionid - to catch the action. The starry spectacle is set to take place between October 20 and October 22, offering a dazzling display that should delight veteran and novice stargazers alike. However, they will appear to streak across the entire sky.

Lots of astronomers are looking forward to the 2017 Orionids because the skies are due to be particularly dark and clear this year, which should make them easier to spot!

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