When, Where and How to See Orionid Meteor Shower in Central New York
We're in prime season for fall meteor showers, as yet another one is set to peak. Here's when, where and how to see the Orionid Meteor Shower in central New York.
The Orionid meteor shower will peak October 22nd and 23rd when the Earth passes through debris left from Halley's Comet. Experts say you can see up to 30 to 40 meteors per hour. "The saving grace for the Orionids, if you go out the last hour or two before dawn, the moon might have set in time for you to catch a few," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.
The see the Orionids, find the shape of Orion the Hunter. "The meteor shower's radiant will be near Orion's sword, slightly north of his left shoulder." Cook says don't stare straight at it though. "Meteors close to the radiant have short trails and are harder to see — so you want to look away from Orion."
You'll want to be outside, away from city lights, around 1:30 am and let your eyes adjust for 20 minutes. The moon may hamper viewing since it'll be at its brightest. Mother Nature won't help either. The forecast calls for clouds and chances of rain.