Sky watchers may be able to catch a meteor shower this week in the night or early morning sky. according to a local astronomer.
The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak early October 21st, according to Dr. Brian Ottum, an amateur astronomer who lives in Saline. That’s when Earth is passing through the stream of debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, the parent comet of the Orionid shower. He says they should be visible after 10 PM, peaking between 4 AM and 6:30 AM.
Dr. Ottum says these are fast moving meteors that "zip through the sky" and leave a smoke trail, which is an amazing thing to see.
He says no telescope or binoculars will be necessary, advising sky watchers to simply “look up,” perhaps towards the southern or southeast sky.
He says the Orionid meteors zip quickly through the sky and leave a smoke trail, which should be easier to see, due to the phase of the moon, which will not outshine them this year.
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