The Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak in the early morning of Wednesday, October 21 to Thursday, October 22, 2020. At Orionids they are known as “meteor shower“Although they are not, because in reality they are the remains of Halley’s Comet. This object passes through the Earth every 75 or 76 years, the last time it was seen in 1986 and according to specialists it will be possible to observe it again in 2062.
But as the icy kite turn the Sol, leaves a trail of debris that the Earth passes through each year. These tiny comet fragments, some as small as a grain of sand, enter Earth’s atmosphere, becoming meteors. The friction of air resistance causes them to heat up, creating a bright trail and burning commonly known as a shooting star.
These meteors are named after Orionids by the constellation of Orion. From Earth it gives the impression that it is a falling star shower. According to NASA, the Orionid meteors have a great brightness, as well as a great speed that can reach up to 66 kilometers per second. What makes it one of the most intense and fastest meteor showers of the year, points out the ABC portal.
“You can see pieces of Halley’s Comet during the Eta Aquarids (in May) and the Orionid meteor shower (in October and November),” the NASA meteorite expert told Space.com Bill Cooke. On the night of this 21 and early morning of this October 22, 2020, with a Moon approaching its crescent phase, the best time for observation will be the second part of the night, that is to say, early Thursday morning says the expert.
Where to look
Orionid meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth and they can be seen anywhere in the sky. They take their name because they seem to radiate from the constellation Orion, also known as that of the hunter. But it is not advisable to look directly at this place “because the meteors near the radiant have short paths and are more difficult to see, so you must look away from Orion,” says Cooke.
The National Geographic Institute of Spain says that “the best time for observation will be the second part of the night, once the moon has set.”
As is the case with most evening events observation of the sky, the Light pollution can obstruct the view of the rain from Orionids. If possible, stay away from city Lights, which can hinder the show. Binoculars and telescopes will not improve eyesight, because they are designed to see static objects in the sky.
The lucky ones with clear skies will be able to see some very fast and bright Orionids.