October is not only the month of Halloween or for the Holy Rosary devotees, but is also the best month for the stargazing enthusiasts.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the meteor shower this October, known as Orionids will be active from Oct. 17 to 25, with “peak nights” on Oct. 21 to 22, as disclosed in an Inquirer story.
The best time to view the Orionids is just after midnight and right before dawn. “At maximum rates, the shower may reach 15 meteors per hour that may be observed at favorable sky condition,” Pagasa stated.
Meteors are easy to spot; all you need are your naked eyes. Stargazing is a waiting game so get yourself comfortable by bringing something to sit down or lie down on.
The Orionids happen every year in October and occurs when the Earth passes through and comes into contact with the stream of debris left behind by the Halley’s Comet.
Although Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun (the last time was in 1986) its debris still causes the impressive meteor shower.
The said meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest and brightest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on.
Furthermore, the meteor shower was named Orionids because the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the constellation of Orion (The Hunter) which is dominated by the bright stars: Rigel and Betelgeuse.