The Orionid meteor shower is set to blaze the sky with hundreds of beautiful comets in this month.
The Orionid meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through stream of residue from Comet Halley. It mostly occurs from October 2 through November 7, with crest views on October 22.
Stargazers are anticipating the hundreds of shooting stars that light up the sky during an Orionid meteor shower.
The meteors are expected to blaze across the sky every October. The meteor shower should start the 2nd through November 7th. However, peak viewing is expected on the morning of October 21.
The commet Halley, parent comet of the Orionid meteor, leaves a stream of residue this results in the Orionid meteor shower.
Astronomers observe that the meteors can move at about 148,000 miles per hour into the earth’s atmosphere and ditch gas trails in the sky that stays for few seconds.
NASA regards the Orionids meteor shower as one of the most stunning cosmic showers in the year. The Orionids are noticeable in the Northern and Southern hemispheres after midnight..
The American space agency shared this statement in a blog post telling stargazers to ‘Find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair’.
‘Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
‘In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.’
Here the comet’s nucleus releases ice and rocky dust into space which turns into Orionoid meteors in October.
This month also comes with an unusual Blue Moon that will be noticeable across all times zones.
The blue moon does not shine blue, it is called the blue moon because it is the second full moon to occur in the same month – the first occurs October 1.
The blue moon takes place seven times every 19 years, which implies that the world will not see the next blue moon next year until October 31, 2039.
This event is more spectacular because it will be observed in all parts of the world for the first time since the World War II.
People living in North and South America will observe the Blue Moon, along with those in India,Asia, and Europe. I
The Blue Moon is considered the second full moon in a month because of an article in the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, EarthSky reports. This article was called Once in a Blue Moon by James Hugh Pruett, who related to the 1937 Maine Farmer’s Almanac, but with a simpler description.
He wrote that ‘Seven times in 19 years there were – and still are – 13 full moons in a year’.
‘This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two.’
‘This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon,’ he added.
EarthSky reports that the sky must align faultlessly and encompass large particles of dust or smoke to reveal a hue making it hard to predict when one will emerge.
2020 will have 13 full moons which is rare because most years only see 12.