Keep your eyes to the sky this weekend! Are you ready for it? The Orionid meteor shower will peak tonight across the sky. Many Connecticut residents have already seen some meteors fly across the sky the past couple of nights but tonight, with clear skies, we’re expecting great viewing! The moon is barely past its “New” phase. This means there won’t be much light pollution away from the city lights. The shower will be visible both Friday and Saturday night however, we’re expecting more clouds in the sky Saturday night.
For best viewing, look towards the southern sky after 1:30 AM tonight. From a dark site, you should be able to see 20-30 meteors an hour. This event happens every year as the Earth moves through a debris field from Halley’s comet. But due to the new moon phase, viewing will likely be extra special with less natual light pollution. If you miss this meteor shower, I have some great news, you can still catch the Leonids in November and the Geminds in December.
Thanks for reading
Meteorologist Kevin Arnone