Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend

Annual Geminid meteor shower to light-up Metro Vancouver Sky tonight

The crisp, cool and clear night is the ideal condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower.

More than that, these speeds will make the event the second fastest shower of this year, coming right after the Leonid Meteor shower. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle. Also, at it's peak, we can expect to see 15-20 meteors per hour, and these puppies are flying, moving at about 148,000 mph!

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. Within 30 minutes, your eyes will adapt to the darkness and you'll be able to do some stargazing.

When heading out tonight or Saturday night, make sure you take some time to look up at the sky. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.



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