The Orionids is one of the most renowned meteor showers, a part of the Halley’s Comet. They are usually so tiny but can be seen in the sky as they lie in Orion Constellation. They are mostly seen every year flying once between October to November. Orionids are reportedly one of the fastest meteors, a bit hard to spot in the sky. They can enter the earth’s atmosphere at a level of 66 kilometres at a speed rate of 41 miles per second. Some of them always leave trails of ionized gas, which last for some seconds and then disappear. It’s around the time to see this beautiful site once again this year for which everyone is waiting.
History and records: The Orionids meteor shower.
Before it was discovered, people considered them as shooting stars, and later in the 1800s, E.C. Herrick discovered it. He notes that these starts are not exactly shooting stars but are something else, and in October 1839, he made his observation. A. S. Herschel was the first one to make a documentation of the shower. Being part of Halley’s comet, it was soon discovered that when the comet passes through the Solar System, the sun melts the ice particles, which loosens these rocks, and as soon as they release, they show up as the meteor shower.
The peak occurring: The Orionids meteor shower.
As the radiant is located between Orion and Gemini in mid-northern latitudes, the shower is mostly activated around October. For this year, it is known that the peak will occur on October 21. Even if you miss it at night, there is a high chance of seeing the beautiful scenery in the early morning. It is known from the sources that around 20 to 25 metros showering will be seen in the sky. The peak will only occur when Comet Halley leaves the debris steam to melt away the ice and release many rocks. The first peak date got noted in 19821, and the date was October 23 of that year.
The best view: The Orionids meteor shower.
Meteor showers are fascinating, and people get all the latest developed telescopes and binoculars to enjoy it. But it is advised that for the best view you better be ready with your naked eye. These high flying memories are hard to capture, and within few seconds, their track also vanishes. As the peak date is near, their scattering rate will be high, so there is a high chance of spreading and covering many parts of the sky.
Orionids constellation ascends in the east as per the previous records. The meteors are very tiny, so they will not cause any harm or danger. There can be no direction or locations of the meteor shower occurring predicted, so it is tough to spot it. They will only be visible when they are at a 30-degree angle from the radiant point. There are high chances of viewing a few small meteors here and there early in the morning, so do not miss it for sure.
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