Not Ideal For Viewing The Orionid Meteor Shower

By: Cheryl Lemke
By: Cheryl Lemke

Between the weather and the recent full moon, sky conditions will be far from ideal for viewing this month's Orionid meteor show.

The Orionid meteor shower should be visible in the nighttime sky from now through October 22nd. However the bright light from the waning recent full moon is expected to wash out all but the brightest of the meteor showers.

To compound the situation, the weather across the Heartland will not be the best as the forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies which would also obscure your optimal viewing.

Nonetheless you may still luck out and catch a glimpse or two of one of these fast-moving meteors. The best time for viewing would be during the wee morning hours between 1AM and dawn. Look towards the constellation Orion in the southeastern part of the sky as that is where most of these meteor showers seem to originate.

As far as the number of meteors that you may or may not see, the verdict is still out as numbers could vary greatly. On a moonless evening, you can expect to witness roughly 25 meteors per hour during the peak of the Orionid shower. But again since this year's display will be plagued by some cloud cover and the light from the moon, don't expect numbers to be quite that impressive.

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