Louis area rated "fair" viewing zone for Orionid meteor shower this weekend

Gwen Vasquez
October 21, 2018

You may have spotted a meteor or two streaking across the sky this month, but the big show is coming this weekend.

The Orionids will peak late Sunday night into early Monday morning across the Delaware Valley.

While mostly clear and dry conditions are expected in the Delaware Valley Sunday night and Monday, viewing unfortunately for eager stargazers won't be ideal due to the brightness of the almost full moon.

NASA said that these meteors are considered to be one of the most handsome showers of the year, traveling at the speed of 148,000 miles per hour into the Earth's atmosphere.

Many people heading out to spot some shooting stars this weekend are in luck as mainly clear conditions are on tap for a large area of North America on Sunday night.

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For the Orionid shower, the debris you can see is actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet.

However, you will need to be somewhere dark with little or no light pollution. It takes the comet 76 years to orbit the sun, so it will enter Earth's atmosphere in 2061.

Although the meteors will originate from near Orion, they will be visible in all areas of the sky.

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

"The moon will set around 5 a.m. local time [on Monday morning], leaving a couple of hours before dusk to view the shower without moonlight", Samuhel said.

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