Meteor shower over Norfolk october 2018

Shirakawa-go and Orionid meteor shower

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The Orionid meteor shower is headed our way, and it could be very visible this weekend!

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

This week's clear skies are providing a rare opportunity for early-morning views of the Orionid meteor shower, one of the brightest and most handsome of the year.

With the visibility of about 15-20 meteors per hour, there will be a couple of factors that might make the viewing a little hard.

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

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If you miss the peak, you can also be on the lookout for the shower between October 15 and 29, but the meteors may not be as frequent.

Samuhel said the best time to see the Orionids is after midnight through dawn, prime time being after the moon sets and before morning twilight begins. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies.

Look at the entire sky. 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.

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