Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Orionids 2019: Watch Comet Halley's lovely fireballs light up the skies tonight

Orionids 2019: Watch Comet Halley's lovely fireballs light up the skies tonight

The best time to see this meteor shower, which could produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the peak window, is when the moon isn't dominating the night sky.

"I would rank the Orionids in the top five meteor showers of the year", says Samuhel.

Starting from evening of October 21 till the dawn of October 22 residents will have a good chance of seeing and observing Orionid meteor shower, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced. Last in the earth's vicinity in 1986, Halley's Comet is expected to return in 2061, making it the only naked-eye comet that could appear twice in a single human lifetime.

In fact, the Orionids are among the fastest meteors, shooting toward the horizon at speeds of 41 miles (66 kilometers) per second. Orionids take their name from Orion.

The Orionids meteor shower will be active from October 17 to 25, with their traditional peak nights falling on Monday and Tuesday, said state weather bureau PAGASA.

Unfortunately, the moon will be bright in the sky for many, which may make it hard to see the meteors when the shower reaches its peak.

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The Orionids are visible during the hours after midnight, said NASA.

The American Meteor Society says remnants from this meteor shower come from Halley's Comet.

The meteors radiate from the well-known Orion constellation, but you don't have to look in the direction of the constellation to see them.

Th meteors are visible from anywhere on Earth, so South Africans will be able to see them if they go to an area with little light pollution. The particles become meteors or "shooting stars" when they pass through Earth's atmosphere.

Valley temperatures will be dropping into the 50s and 60s by Tuesday morning, so make sure you grab a sweater before heading outside to look for meteors. This is probably past your kid's bedtime but for something this awesome, you may want to bend the rules a bit and let them enjoy the sky doing its thing.

If you are viewing from the Southern Hemisphere, lie flat on your back if possible, with your feet facing northeast.

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