October is sure to be a spectacular star month with many astronomical events to take place, including a meteor show that will send many shooting stars across the night sky.
Orionid’s meteor shower will begin over Colorado on October 2, 2020, lasting until November 7, 2020. According to AccuWeather, the rain will peak at 20 shooting stars in the early hours of Tuesday, October 20, in the early morning hours on Wednesday, October 21st.
October has arrived! This month we have something to look forward to in the night sky. https://t.co/KiLt2wyDkY pic.twitter.com/oDj9OFQF9T
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The Orionid meteor shower, known for its bright stripes of stars, is one of two souls created by the debris left by Halley’s comet. Her sister shower, Eta Aquarids, takes place in May.
Other astronomical events we look forward to this month include reaching “opposition” to Mars on October 13 and a rare full moon on Halloween. When Mars reaches “opposition”, it will be opposite the sun from Earth and will be closest to Earth.
Go somewhere in the dark with a clear and cloudless view of the mountain sky. Meteor showers are usually best seen after midnight and before dawn. At its peak, the rising crescent is set to increase the darkness, creating ideal conditions for stellar stars.
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The next meteor shower will be the Leonid meteor shower, which takes place in November. The shower, known for producing fireballs, will peak from Monday, November 16 to Tuesday, November 17.