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This weekend in the USA, the Orionid meteor shower will be visible. Here's how to observe it:


The Orionid meteor shower will reach its peak this weekend, providing people on Earth with the annual opportunity to witness one of the most impressive celestial events of the year, as reported by USA Today.

Every year, the Orionid meteors are most noticeable in mid-October. According to NASA, they result from Earth passing through the dust and particles left behind by Halley's Comet.

NASA calls the Orionids the most beautiful meteor shower of the year. They are often mistaken for shooting stars because they leave bright trails. Among other things, the Orionids can produce fireballs – bright meteors that are easily visible.

According to the American Meteor Society, the meteor shower will be of moderate strength, with a rate of 15-20 meteors per hour. However, in recent years, many people have reported a threefold increase in the number of meteors.

This year, the Orionids will continue until November 22, coinciding with the Northern Taurids, which will peak on November 11-12.

When and Where to Observe the Orionids: This year, the Orionids will reach their peak in the pre-dawn hours of October 21 and 22. The best time to observe the meteor shower is after midnight and before sunrise.

You can observe it from anywhere in the USA, but it's best to find an open location with dark skies and no moonlight for the best visibility.

Tips for Observing the Orionids: According to the online astronomical site, you won't need equipment like telescopes or binoculars to observe this spectacle. To prepare, allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness by spending 30 minutes outside.

According to the American Meteor Society, the best way to observe the meteor shower is to comfortably recline on a chair where you can tilt your head backward.

The American Meteor Society suggests looking directly overhead. Only look straight up if the horizon where you are located is well-lit. However, most meteors can be seen in the lower half of the sky.

Enjoy the Orionid meteor shower!