Orionid’s meteor shower is now visible. It will peak between Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
The Orionids won’t outshine this year’s moon, which will be visible all through October and into November. That means if you were stymied by dud showers this summer — with the Perseids and Draconids both rendered faint by full moons — October might just be your chance to see some celestial fireworks.
This is a brief guide to stargazing and an overview of the Orionids.
How do the Orionids work?
The Orionids is essentially a space dust trail made up of small ice crystals. This iconic comet is known for its long orbit that looks like a grain of rice. It orbits beyond Neptune and returns to the Earth around every 76 year. But it won’t return until 2061 to replenish its dust trails (the Orionids). Every year, we still collide with the Orionids when passing through the trail. This collision, unlike any other meteor showers can produce a much more thrilling display including occasional fireballs.
A meteorite punched through a hole in the dog house. It’s now a collectible.
The dust specks are called Orionids because their “radiant point” in the sky is next to the constellation Orion — but this does not by any means suggest that the meteors Come from Orion. You can think of meteors as a trail of tiny bugs. Earth, on the other hand, is like a car. Our atmosphere is represented by the windshield. You can see Orion from the spot in the sky that the “bugs’ hit the windshield. This is also why the point where they are visible is roughly the radiant point.
What is the best way to see Orionids October 21-22?
If it’s not cloudy where you are during the wee hours of the morning of October 21 and 22, you’ll just need to look up and direct your gaze generally toward the southwest, allow your pupils to adjust to the dark, keep your phone in your pocket, and enjoy the view for a few minutes. You might find this helpful for those who just need to make a list.
Dark skies, at least miles away from any large city or suburb.
A comfy folding chair, or blanket for lying on
These are details that will help you if your stargazing hobby is a success.
Right ascension takes 5 hours
Declination: + 5 degrees
The shower will appear at Earth’s latitudes of 85 to -75 degrees.
The radiant will rise to its highest point around 2:00 AM.
Don’t assume you know. how to Sky Safari is an app for astronomy that can help you find the coordinates of your location. free alternativ) to do it for your. Sky Safari is a great app with a dark appearance and red features. Keep in mind, however, that Orionids will be visible everywhere, not only near the radiant, if it is dark and clear.
Last note about meteor shower photography. If you are looking to capture photos and videos of meteors with your smartphone’s camera, it is not the right tool. A single lens reflex (SLR), camera with the ability to take long exposure shots is required for most of these photos. It is dangerous to open your camera app or other apps that are not specifically designed for stargazing, because it could temporarily impair your night vision. Keep your phone in your pocket if you don’t want to.