PICKAWAY – Have you seen any meteors streaking across the sky this month? If not look up the next two nights because the Orinonid Meteor show will reach its peak on October 21 and 22. These meteors fly between October 2nd and November 7th and are debris left behind by the famous Halley’s comet.
To see the meteors its best to find real darkness outside of the glow of cities and populated town Here are some great resources to help you find a dark sky near you:
- International Dark Sky Parks (International)
- Dark Sky Preserves (Canada)
- Dark Sky Discovery Sites (U.K.)
- Dark Sky Finder
- Light Pollution Map
These meteors will come from from the Southeast after midnight. Particles shed by the comet slam into our upper atmosphere, where they vaporize at some 60 miles (100 km) above Earth’s surface.
It gets chilly in October at night so grab a lawn chair and a blanket.