Q: When is the Best Time for Viewing the Orionids Meteor Shower?
A: The best time to view a meteor shower is when there is no moon in the sky. On October 20 and 21 the moon will be in a Last Quarter Phase and Waning Crescent Phase; this means just under 50 percent of the illumination from the Moon will brighten the sky. Believe it or not, that is the bad news for the Orionids Meteor Shower. The good news is that October 20 and 21 will have the heaviest activity of the Orionids this year. The best place to view this celestial event is any dark region absent from city lights and when viewing showers remember that it is extremely hard to predict when the meteors will dash across the atmosphere. Your best chance for viewing is also after midnight. Why? Because the Earth turns into the trajectory path of the meteoroids. Only the brightest meteors can be seen and actual meteors seen per hour may vary from person to person and location to location, but one can expect to spot up to two meteors every ten minutes; however if you’re in the right place at the rate time it is rumored you can see up to seventy meteors per hour! If indeed you go out to observe the shower this month, please report to us how many you view in an hour, I’d love to share with you your meteor experience.
Here are some other posts about the Orionids of October:
Hope You Catch a Glimpse!