Orionids Meteor Shower 2018 | Halley’s Comet’s Debris
On a dark, moonless night, the Orionids exhibit as many as 25 meteors per hour. These fast-moving meteors occasionally leave persistent trains. They sometimes produce bright fireballs, so watch for them to possibly overcome the strong moonlight.
If you trace these meteors backward, they seem to come from the Club of the famous constellation Orion the Hunter. You might know Orion’s bright, ruddy star Betelgeuse. The radiant is north of Betelgeuse.
2018 Orionids Meteor Shower
October 21, 2018 | Before dawn in 2018
Unfortunately, in 2018, the bright waning gibbous moon will obscure this year’s production. But you might have a some moon-free time before dawn.
More meteors tend to fly after midnight, and the Orionids are typically at their best in the wee hours before dawn.
The Orionids have a broad and irregular peak that isn’t easy to predict. This year, 2018, the drenching moonlight is sure to subdue this year’s Orionid meteor shower. Try an hour or two before dawn on October 21, at which time the moon might have set.
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