Take a look up at the sky....and make a wish

October 19, 2018 12:09 AM

It is that time of year.

It's the annual Orionid meteor shower. It is produced by leftover debris from Halley's Comet. 


This year, due to the moon being high in the horizon, you shouldn't be able to see any meteors until about 4 a.m. 

But after the moon sets, about 20-30 meteors per hour can be spotted in the southern sky towards the constellation Orion through Oct. 24. 

Steve Fentress from the Rochester Planetarium had this to say.

"You want to be looking at time when the bright moon is not in the sky, so early next week the moon will be setting at about 4 a.m. So be aware that's the coldest part of the night. You're standing outside, not doing much physical activity, so dress warm." 

Unfortunately, the weather will not be the best for viewing meteors but there should be some breaks Monday into Tuesday that will allow you to catch some shooting stars here in the Rochester area. 


Robert Speta

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