Nature News - October 2020 - Report #03

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A light show is coming: the Orionid meteor shower


Photo by: Madhuvan Yadav

A newspaper article by GDA, La Nación

This beautiful event can be observed between the months of October and November: you cannot miss it!💫

On these dates the event known as the Orionid meteor shower arrives. Last Friday, October 2, the so-called Orionid rain began and it can be observed until November 7 (having its maximum peak of visibility on October 21 approximately).


Photo by: ESO/L. Calçada

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What are Orionid meteors?

It is defined as a phenomenon characterized by the movement of the orionid meteors, associated with the wake of Halley's Comet, which travel at high speed and drag incandescent debris, then, we will be lucky to be able to observe these lines of routes of these meteors.
Orionid meteors are characterized by their brightness and speed, "they look like a movie." The average speed they can reach is 66 kilometers per second in the Earth's atmosphere!


Photo by: Tengyart

This meteor shower is associated with Comet 1/P Halley (yes, some comets have names), which makes a complete revolution of the Sun every 76 years. It was last seen from Earth in 1986 and we can observe it again now. Why when we refer to comets do we always imagine them with that particular light flash? That is because its particles dissolve in the atmosphere and leave that sparkle that we can see today.

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Comet 1/P Halley?

This comet is named after the astronomer Edmond Halley, who concluded that some comets return approximately every 76 years and suggested that all the observations could be of the same celestial body (in this case, Orionid meteors). It is one of the dimmest objects in the solar system, measuring 16 kilometers long, 8 kilometers wide and 8 kilometers high.


Photo by: Alan Chen

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Recommendations to be able to observe

NASA offers a series of recommendations so that you do not miss this beautiful astronomical event, read carefully. Here is a list of what to watch out for:

  • Being located in an open area, preferably away from the city or the street lights, this will considerably improve your experience✔️

  • Bring a blanket or tarp for your comfort✔️

  • In the northern hemisphere, place your feet pointing southeast✔️

  • In the southern hemisphere, place your feet pointing northeast✔️

  • Keep in mind that it takes about 30 minutes for the eye to adjust to the dark. After that period you can see the meteors.✔️

  • The show lasts until dawn and there is enough time to observe the phenomenon!✔️


Photo by: Usukhbayar Gankhuyag

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Let us know in the comments💬...

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Thanks for information on Orionid meteor shower. I will have to stand outside one evening and try to see this phenomena going on in the sky.

NASA forgot to add that it wants a clear sky :-).
Good information.

Yeah, we will stand in the balcony and look up... hope to see them coming down... The last meteor shower I have seen was around 2004 , can´t remember the exact year but I remember it because I was walking our dog at 5:30 AM and it was the birthday of my dad, so the day I wouldn´t forget. It showered thousand of meteors and that was the most spectacular sky scene I ever saw. I was in Spain at that time and our house was on the mountains, so it was open skies 360°.

Happy to see an article about astronomy. As much as I like to gaze at the stars I missed many meteor showers recently.

Thank you for the information, I would very much like to see them. Greetings