December 10, 2023

By Taylor Nicioli | CNN

In case you are on the lookout for a spectacular present this weekend, look as much as discover the Orionid meteor bathe shining vibrant by way of Saturday and Sunday night time.

The bathe is predicted to peak at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, however seen meteors are anticipated to streak throughout the sky all weekend lengthy at a fee of 10 to twenty per hour, in accordance with EarthSky, and will be seen from all elements of the world throughout the night time.

One of the best time to identify a meteor will likely be within the early hours of the morning, when the radiant, or the purpose the place the meteors seem to originate from — on this case constellation Orion — is at its highest at round 2 a.m. in any time zone, however Dr. Ashley King, a planetary science researcher with the Pure Historical past Museum in London, stated that meteors will begin showing as quickly because it will get darkish.

This weekend, the moon will likely be in its first quarter part and can set close to midnight, in accordance with the American Meteor Society. Which means its luminosity will barely intrude with meteor visibility, King stated.

“You’ll need to look ahead to the moon to set,” he stated. “Even if you happen to’re in a metropolis, you need to be capable to see just a few meteors — it’s actually only a case of wanting on the sky and being affected person.”

To have the most effective likelihood of recognizing a meteor, King suggests going exterior for no less than 10 to twenty minutes earlier than stargazing to let your eyes regulate to the low mild. If potential, it’s best to get away from mild air pollution and discover a spot with a transparent view of the darkish sky, King stated.

Mud grains from Comet Halley

The Orionid meteors come from probably the most well-known comets, Halley, which is at the moment close to the center of its 76-year orbit across the solar. Whereas the comet received’t make its look in Earth’s night time sky till 2061, it leaves a path of particles behind that our planet passes by way of yearly, ensuing within the Orionids.

In early Might, Earth passes by way of a special part of Halley’s orbit path, ensuing within the meteor bathe often known as the Eta Aquariids.