At the best times, the number of visible shooting stars can reach over 30 per hour
Sat 17 October 2020 2:20 PM
BURGUM – The meteor shower Orionids will pass our planet in the near future. The accompanying shooting stars are fast and are accompanied by beautiful afterglowing traces. At the best times, the number of visible shooting stars can rise to over 30 per hour. The best viewing period is probably Thursday between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
The Orionids are pieces of space rock from Halley’s Comet. They are called Orionids because they seem to come from the constellation Orion. With speeds of over 200,000 km / h, the Orionids are very fast meteors.
Best nights from Wednesday
From next night, the number of visible shooting stars due to the Orionids has already increased. Most meteors are expected in the night from Tuesday October 20 to Wednesday October 21 and the night after. Every night is the best viewing period between 4am and 6am.
The number of meteors will be between 28 and 39 per hour in the two nights mentioned above. This is more than one every two minutes. At around 4:00 AM, you should face southeast, about halfway between directly overhead and the horizon. Over the next two hours, the viewing direction slowly shifts to the south and also becomes slightly straighter upwards.
This night it will be overcast with some clearances. This is certainly not a good night to go and watch. In the night to Monday it will probably even be completely cloudy. The days after that it is changeable with rain and sometimes a lot of wind. However, the chance of broader clearances will increase from Wednesday.