This week of October stargazers is to witness an ultimate shooting stars spree. The gazers will see 25 shooting stars per hour that will go in the night sky with the Orionid Meteor Shower having the annual showcase. The meteors shower every year from October until November 7. However, the gaze worthy view is set for Wednesday, 21 October midnight.
The cosmic showcase occurs when Earth crosses a plethora of debris left by Comet Halley. Comet Halley is the parent to the Orinoid Shower. One can find the shooting stars in every direction but will look from the constellation of Orion in the South East. The meteors ace 148,000 miles per hour in the surrounding but gas trails are left in the sky lasting few seconds.
NASA tells the Orionids are the most captivating showers of the year, visible in both hemisphere post-midnight. NASA tells one should find a patch of the dark sky, at a distance from the lighting of the street and other pollution emits, and wait. It could take some time to see.
How to witness the best of shooting Stars?
Astronomers suggest one to lay flat, feet in the southeast for the northern hemisphere, and northeast for Southern. Then you can look up capturing the sky in your eyes. Natural Naked eye view is better than a telescope or binoculars for a humongous view.
The shower is made through particles one can only imagine. The debris spot left by comet Halley. The debris was left while making way into the inside of the solar system and lost substance via Sun’s heat.
The nucleus springs the ice and rock’s dust in space and with Earth-crossing the debris area’s dust is picked to shower particles in the atmosphere. Though 2020 hasn’t given much I give it to the year for less pollution with lockdowns making it easier to view of the sky. It is a good time to gaze at the shooting stars merging with the Moon in a waxing crescent phase, indicating it sets before midnight giving a dark sky. A rare blue moon is to add happiness to dear sky lovers.