Meteor shower to light up above Canada all weekend long

Jay Jacobs
October 21, 2017

While falling Orionids will be visible to the naked eye from nearly anywhere in the country, stargazers are advised to steer clear of cities so as to escape light pollution for the best view of the dazzling display. Are you ready for it?

Anyone can witness the Orionid meteor shower because a telescope isn't needed.

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

Just make sure you head to somewhere remote, with no light pollution or tall buildings/trees in the way. The Orionid meteor shower is peaking over the next couple of nights and viewing conditions couldn't be better. "Temperatures will be in the mid-70s around midnight with mostly clear skies", Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

When is the best time to see them? . "Look near Orion's club in the hours before dawn and you might see up to 10 to 15 meteors per hour".

No. We now have a "new moon" which means it's not adding any light to the sky.

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The meteors are called "Orionids" because from the perspective of Earth-based observers they appear to originate within the constellation Orion.

These "comet crumbs" are the super speedy streaks of light that you'll see coming from Orion's belt tonight.

Why does the Orionid Meteor Shower occur?

Is this our best viewing chance? To find it, look for the constellation Orion the Hunter, the shower's radiant point. "Those in the city are most likely to only see the brighter meteors, not the fainter ones". To get the best view, you're supposed to lie flat on the ground and just stare up at the sky - so best to take some warm clothes and a cheeky hot chocolate with you.

Another bonus: Skywatchers across the highly populated eastern US should have clear skies for viewing the Orionids, according to AccuWeather meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel.

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