When can I see the attractive Orionid meteor shower this weekend?

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Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: "The Orionids is a modest shower, producing around 20 meteors per hour at best under absolutely flawless conditions". In May, the Earth again runs through the detritus of Halley's Comet, creating the Eta Aquariid meteor shower.

If you're willing to stay up a little late this weekend, you'll have the chance to see one of the year's most dazzling sky shows - the Orionid meteor shower.

Uranus is today at its brightest this year, as it is in opposition with, or located opposite from, the sun, with the Earth between the two celestial bodies, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said yesterday.

The spectacular shooting stars are remnants of the prolific Halley's Comet, which visits Earth every 74 t0 79 years. It's essentially due to the Earth drifting through the debris left behind Halley's Comet.


What makes the Orionids so special is where they come from.

Turn your gaze toward the eastern sky or the western edge of the Orion constellation for the bulk of the meteors.

For a better viewing experience (to avoid light pollution) stargazers may want to head out of the city to place like Stonelick State Park.

People hoping to spot Uranus should look for a blue-green body, visible to the naked eye when looking to the southeastern sky. Experts say you can also watch the shower on October 21 and October 22.


However, weather conditions in the greater Taipei area are forecast to be less stable that night, with the possibility of clear skies, clouds and showers, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The eastern USA will have the best weather on Friday night for viewing the shower with a large dome of high pressure promoting clear skies across the region, AccuWeather reports.

The shower is active throughout October, but Kerss says the best time to see it will be on October 22 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest.


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