This October is shaping up to be Rocktober, as we will be getting not one but two meteor showers in the sky this month.
And while next week’s Draconid Meteor Shower will be a fun time for weird sky lovers, there’s no doubt that the star of the show is the upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss it.
When Is the Orionid Meteor Shower?
While Halley’s Comet won’t be returning to our sky until 2061, you will be able to see the debris it leaves behind creating arguably the best meteor shower of Autumn on the night of October 20 and the early morning of October 21. Unfortunately for parents, it’s expected to be peaking on the later side, so your kid may be asleep but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay up and watch it and enjoy a romantic getaway in your own backyard.
How Do I Make Sure I See It?
The Orionid Shower is expected to coincide with the Hunter Moon, this month’s full moon, which sadly means that it could dim the viewing experience. But your best bet for seeing the meteors sail by is to head to a place that is dark, and ideally somewhat isolated so that artificial light doesn’t hinder your view of the sky. If you’re lucky, you may have a solid look at the shower in the darkest parts of the sky away from the moon.
This may not be the best year for Orionid, in large part due to the previously mentioned Hunter Moon. Typically, anywhere between 10-20 meteors can be seen flying by but this year, it could be significantly less. So probably smart to temper your expectations a bit in case it’s not quite the showing you were expecting. But who knows? Maybe we’ll all get lucky this year and get to see the October sky filled with totally badass meteors soaring by.