#36alive 294: Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower

This weekend is a great opportunity to take in some natural wonder with it being the peak time to see the Orionid Meteor Shower. The source of these meteors is Halley’s Comet, the most famous of all the comets, the David Beckham of comets if you will.

At certain times of the year, Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses path with the debris and over the weekend we will be hitting it head on.

Sometimes the shower peaks at 80 meteors an hour and with little moonlight to contend with over the weekend it is a perfect time. The best thing about this is that no equipment is needed, just head outside and look up. Try to find somewhere with little streetlight, give your eyes about 15 minutes to adjust, then see if you can spot anything. Telescopes and binoculars will not really enhance the experience as they are designed to look at stationary objects rather than moving ones.

Professor Brian Cox, if you’re reading this, this post’s for you.

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