Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies

Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies

The crisp, cool and clear night is the ideal condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower.

The moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display.

The meteor shower will happen on October 21 and 22 with 2 a.m. being the peak time on both nights.

Accuweather's Dave Samuhel said in an article that the meteor shower is expected to be higher this year with 20 to 25 meteors per hour; however, moonlight could be an issue, as it is almost a full moon overnight.

A mainly clear night sky this weekend will give us the opportunity to see the Orionid meteor shower.

The shower peaks on October 21, but the meteors may be visible as early as today after midnight.

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This means that stargazers should move as far away from the city lights as possible.

However, you will need to be somewhere dark with little or no light pollution.

Greatest number of meteors are typically visible after midnight.

"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.

The last time stargazers were able to see the actual comet itself, was in 1986 and the next time it will appear close to earth is in 2061.

The meteors are bits of space rock that have entered the earth's atmosphere.

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