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Orionid meteor shower begins today



The sky will be illuminated by the Orionid meteor shower. The phenomenon will be visible until November 7, but it must reach its peak during this Tuesday night, reports the EarthSky portal.

This October 22, the sky will be illuminated by the Orionid meteor shower. The phenomenon will be visible until November 7, but it must reach its peak during this Tuesday night, reports the EarthSky portal.

The so-called rain occurs every year when Earth passes through the debris of Halley's comet. According to EarthSky, at the height of that show you can get to observe between 10 and 15 meteors per hour during a moonless night.

The Orionids are named after the constellation Orion, where they seem to come from. Meteorites can reach up to 238 thousand kilometers per hour in relative speed.

"I would rank the Orionids among the top five meteor showers of the year," said Dave Samuhel, astronomy blogger at AccuWeather. "It will be the strongest rain since the Perseids of August," he added.

A meteor crosses the night sky in Radimlja, Bosnia-Herzegovina, August 12, 2019.

It is not necessary to have any special equipment to enjoy the Orionid rain. For a better observation it is recommended to just slightly look away from the constellation.

As always, experts advise moving away from city lights and avoiding illuminated areas for about 30 minutes before viewing the phenomenon, so that the eyes have time to adapt to darkness. (Taken from https://actualidad.rt.com)