Thursday, December 2

Stunning Orionid meteor shower will reach its brightest this week


The Orionids are active between October 2 and November 7.

Photo: Aung Thu / AFP / Getty Images

One of the most impressive meteor showers of the year would be passing through its brightest point in the coming days. The Orionids are known for their speed and brightness, in addition to being active in the coming days.

According to the Astronomical Calendar, at night Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22 They will be when the rain of stars will shine on a larger scale; However, the activity of the Orionids started from October 2 and will culminate on November 7.

Experts from National Institute of Optical and Electronic Astrophysics (INAOE), reported that the maximum rate that can be observed will be 20 meteors per hour, and their radiant will be in the direction of the Orion constellation, and reported that the coordinates of the sighting are: AR=06h20m, DEC=+16º00´.

To see the rain of stars Orionids just look at the night sky in the direction of the Orion constellation, But for the experience to be unbeatable, it is convenient to move away from areas where there is artificial light and where the horizon is clear; however, the presence of the moon could obstruct the view.

It will also be favorable to see them at a distance of 45 and 90 degrees from the radiant, so that they can appear longer and in better definition from that perspective, much more favorable than observing it directly.

Considered one of the most showy rains of the year, the Orionids they are fast, and travel at about 148,000 mph (66 km/s) towards the Earth’s atmosphere.

In addition, these meteors can leave pieces of incandescent debris that form in the wake of the meteor that can last several seconds or minutes. They can also become fireballs during their passage.

According to the NASA, the pieces that interact in the atmosphere to create Orionids are originated in the comet Halley, because each time it returns to the inner solar system, its nucleus throws ice and rocky dust into space, which become Orionids.

The famous comet Halley takes about 76 years to orbit the sun. The last time she could be seen by casual observers was in 1986 and your next approach to the inner solar system will not be until 2061.

This comet was named after the astronomer Edmond Halley, which he discovered in 1705 that three comets appeared to return approximately every 76 years, and that their sightings were formed by the same comet. After he returned in the established time that he had predicted, already deceased, the name was given to him in his honor.

With information from the NASA

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