This weekend, the skies will be beautifully painted. Earlier this month, Squamish residents did not get to see the Draconid Meteor Showe, but now, they will get a chance to see an even more impressive display.
The event will turn out to be extremely bright, and this October’s Orionid meteor shower will also produce some really fast moving meteors. It’s not even too far-fetched to say that it’s shooting stars at massive speeds: about 148,000 per hour.
More than that, these speeds will make the event the second fastest shower of this year, coming right after the Leonid Meteor shower.
This one that people will get to see this weekend will not even be much slower by much. The Orionids move at speeds which are only six km slower than the fastest one which we mentioned above, and this won’t make a big difference.
“The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley’s Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris,” explains Space.com.
Stargazers should move high and away from city lights
Raining from Halley’s comet, the peak of the shower takes place on October 21st in North America. This is on Sunday, and the shower will also take place Saturday and Monday as well. More meteors are produced at its peak when 15-20 of the impressive stars will appear in the sky.
It’s also important to note that the new moon is predicted to cause astral interference for stargazers, but “meteor experts predict that Orionid activity is on an upswing after some poor showings a few years ago,” according to Sky and Telescope.
This means that stargazers should move as far away from the city lights as possible.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.