One of the most beautiful meteor showers that fall annually has arrived, the Orionids. It is not one of the most "abundant" meteor showers that fall, but it is one of the most beautiful. Taking into account that Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Office of Meteorites, assures it, why would he miss this opportunity to contemplate them?
The Orionids began to have better visibility four days ago, but the night of maximum apogee is the one from tomorrow Saturday 21 to Sunday 22. This year it also coincides with the fact that the Moon is on our side, last night it made its New Moon. Visibility for this occasion will be even better than normal, except that no clouds form, and of course, keeping us away from light pollution. If so, the show will be insured.
A brief overview of the origin of the Orionids
The Orionids, come from Halley's Comet. They are the remains of the comet that orbits the Sun every 76 years and that last passed in 1986. They are visible whenever our planet crosses the area where these remains of the tail of Halley's Comet are found. You could actually start seeing some on October 2, and it ends on November 7. They are also visible from anywhere in the world, because they pass very close to the celestial equator.
The rate of meteorites that will be seen will be about 23 per hour, and they will go to a approximate speed of 66 kilometers per second. The place where to look is towards the constellation Orion, all a huge bicharraco! That is why they are called like that, because they seem to come from that constellation. And of course, remember to look at the sky without any gadgets, such as telescopes or binoculars. Here what matters is to be able to cover the widest possible visual field.