Meteor shower to light up above Canada all weekend long

Meteor shower to light up above Canada all weekend long

Astronomer Tom Kerss, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said weather and light pollution would mean people would most likely see fewer than that - but said it's still worth gazing skyward.

Last year, the annual show was less than spectacular - a bright gibbous moon hung in the sky for most of the night, stealing the glory from the meteors.

The Orionid meteor shower is caused by Earth's orbit through a debris field left by Halley's Comet, and it's peaking on Friday and into Saturday.

The best way to locate the Orion constellation is to focus your eyes on the southwestern sky, where three bright stars in a straight line form Orion's belt.

According to NASA's Bill Cooke, you can also see pieces of the comet during Eta Aquarids in May. "Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour".

WHERE AND WHEN TO LOOK: The best time to view the meteor shower is after midnight through the pre-dawn hours.

The Orionids peak on October 20 which will be a dark, moonless night, according to NASA.

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

No. Viewing will be best with the naked eye.

According the AccuWeather, this year will be a particularly good year for viewing the shower since it falls just days after the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, look up to find Orion's club above the star Betelgeuse.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation where the rocks appear to be coming fromHow can you watch a meteor shower? 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.

Oh.and get wishing for some clear skies, of course.

There will be clear skies in SC and throughout the eastern US which will provide excellent viewing conditions.

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