An Orionid shower of meteors is to light up the dark night sky within the next seven days or so.
From October 21st to October 22nd, the meteor shower that is of Orionid origins will convert the night sky into a virtual Disneyland of wonderful colors and lights.
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It will begin in the wee hours of the dawn and continue into the night and end only when the next day rolls along. Astronomers, professional and amateur, will be keeping an eye on the sky for the wondrous sights that they will get to behold.
"The Orionids are popular among stargazers because of all its individual shooting stars are fragments of the most famous comet of all time, Halley's Comet, which has the scientific designation of P1, meaning the first periodic (returning again and again) comet ever known," Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman told AccuWeather.
The meteors that are a part and parcel of the Orionid phenomenon are a favorite among stargazers. The extremely popular comet, of which the Orionid meteoric shower is composed of, is the Halley’s Comet which passes closeby after long time spans.
Termed P1, Halley’s Comet is a periodic comet which basically means that it will keep returning close to earth again and again. Most of the tiny shooting stars in the Orionid shower are made of ice and dust.
These were once part of Halley’s Comet. But they separated from the parent body and went their own way. And now they can be seen on earth in all their resplendence and brilliance.
There are telescopes with connections to the Internet for the express purpose of filming this beautiful meteor shower when it does take place. A total of 30 small meteors may appear over the horizon at any one time.
That will be a sight to see for sure. And the scene can be witnessed in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The time span these shooting stars last is barely a second or two. The stargazers ought to keep their peepers fixed on the night sky otherwise they will miss a chance of seeing the most awesome sight on earth.
A very huge bundle of meteors will appear between midnight and dawn. So that is the window of opportunity when mankind may gaze in wonderment and amazement at the most amusing series of lights and colors in the sky.
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It will be a spectacular performance indeed. One worth seeing for the sake of seeing alone. Slooh’s live broadcast will be a boon for anyone who is more of an introvert and doesn’t like venturing outside his or her home. That person may view the entire process on the screen of an electronic gadget, be it a smart phone, a tablet or a laptop. It’s that simple.