Orionid is here again as it happens every year, when Earth travels that specific area of space with scattered debris of the Halley’s Comet.
The Orionid meteor showers will start tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 21, but according to NASA, the peak will be in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 22. The best time to look for the Orionid is just before sunrise on Thursday.
Stargazers need not bring telescopes. Just with the naked eyes, the Orionid will be visible. The “Dog Star” Sirius and other constellation such as Orion, Gemini, and Taurus, and planets Jupiter and Venus will also be gracing the night sky.
Orionid meteor shower 2015 will be best viewed in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and much of the Mississippi area; California, Southwest and northern Plains, Nevada, Montana and the Dakotas, according to AccuWeather’s map of the meteor shower. “Anywhere from the Carolinas to Arkansas will have mainly clear skies. There may be a few more clouds around along the east coast of Florida, but overall there will still be clear areas to spot meteors,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
The southern and central Texas and into the Four Corners region, western Oklahoma and western Kansas, will be experiencing cloudy skies. Viewing conditions will be unfavorable in these areas, according to Travis. Fortunately, NASA is hosting a live stream of the event from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center beginning Oct. 21, at 10pm EDT. Slooh is also presenting a live broadcast. According to Slooh, the Orionids can display as many as 30 meteors per hour.