How to Watch Tonight’s Orionid Meteor Shower

See those three stars in a row? The meteors will appear to radiate from a spot just a little above and to the left (near Orion’s shoulder).Photo: ShutterstockYour favorite fall meteor shower is back! The Orionids peak tonight, although they should be visible anytime between roughly October 2 and November 7 of 2019.They’re called the…

See those three stars in a row? The meteors will appear to radiate from a spot just a little above and to the left (near Orion’s shoulder).
Photo: Shutterstock

Your favorite fall meteor shower is back! The Orionids peak tonight, although they should be visible anytime between roughly October 2 and November 7 of 2019.

They’re called the Orionids because the meteors will appear to come from the general location of the constellation Orion. (Fun fact: they’re made of debris from Halley’s comet.) Even if you’re not much of a stargazer, this one is easy to find. Look for three stars in a row; that’s the “belt” that Orion the hunter wears.

Early morning will be the best time to watch, if the weather holds out—the National Weather Service in the bay area recommends 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

California and the southwest will likely get the best views, since clouds are forecast for much of the rest of the country. But if you can see Orion at all, it’s worth watching to see if meteors show up. This shower tends to produce 20 to 25 meteors per hour at its peak.

If you don’t see much tonight, try again later this week or next week. The moon will be less full, which makes it easier to see stars and meteors, and the clouds are bound to clear up one of these nights. For the best views, find a spot with little light pollution, and look up.

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