The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak the night of Oct. 21-22, but the moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. "The moon is going to mess with you," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, and 15-20 meteors per hour should be visible. The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris. "You can see pieces of Halley's Comet during the Eta Aquarids [in May] and the Orionid meteor shower [in October and November]," Cooke told Space.com. Orionid Meteor Shower: Leftovers of Halley's Comet The Orionids are named after the direction from … [Read more...] about Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
Leonid meteor shower
IF you've ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you're in luck – a shooting star display is imminent. The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned once again. Here's everything you need to know about it... What is the Leonid Meteor Shower? The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual meteor showers. A meteor shower occurs when many meteoroids (rocks in space) fall towards the Earth after breaking off a comet - a small, icy object in the Solar System which orbits the sun in an irregular fashion, unlike the Earth's circular orbit. This particular celestial event is called the Leonids because it appears to come from the Leo star constellation. It occurs when the Earth passes through debris which has broken away from the comet Tempel-Tuttle - which has a whopping 33-year orbit around the sun. The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars When the Earth passes through the debris, it falls towards our … [Read more...] about When is the Leonid Meteor Shower 2017, what time does it peak and where can I watch it in the UK?
Jul 20, 10:51 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Mike Luces 07/20/18 AT 9:41 PM A Japanese startup is working on a project that could launch the world’s first artificial meteor shower. Tokyo-based ALE is calling the technology “shooting stars on demand” and it could light up Hiroshima skies in early 2020.ALE is already in the final stages of developing the technology that requires two micro-satellites to release and drop light-emitting balls in space. The balls are reportedly designed to glow brightly once they enter the Earth’s atmosphere to simulate a meteor shower, according to Phys.org.While the startup is currently targeting to create a spectacular show over Hiroshima for the first artificial meteor shower, it also intends to deliver a similar experience in other parts of the world. “We are targeting the whole world, as our stockpile of shooting stars will be in space and … [Read more...] about Meteor Shower-Simulating Balls Could Light Up Skies In The Future
In late April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower, the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun. The Lyrid meteors streak across the sky between April 16 and April 25, so skywatchers have a chance to see them during that window, weather permitting. The best day to see Lyrid meteors will be extremely early in the morning on Sunday, April 22, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. As with most meteor showers, the peak viewing time will be before dawn. The timing of the Lyrids in 2018 make them an Earth Day meteor shower, with the best observing times overnight on Saturday and Sunday (April 21 and 22). Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018 Peaks This Weekend: What to Expect Cooke said the average Lyrid shower produces 15 to 20 meteors per hour; this year, the meteor shower should hit about 18 per hour. Some years, the Lyrid meteor shower intensifies and can produce up to 100 meteors per hour in what's called … [Read more...] about Lyrid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
The Lyrid Meteor Shower will light up the nighttime sky later this month, treating stargazers around the world to a spectacular sight.Considered to be the oldest known meteor shower, the Lyrid Meteor Shower was named after Lyra, a small constellation that lies in the northern sky from which the meteors appear to originate.The annual celestial event, which occurs in April every year, will reach its peak between the night of April 22 and the morning of the 23rd, when it will produce around 20 meteors per hour.The shower should be visible from most parts of the Northern hemisphere, assuming those attempting to view it remain far away from areas heavily affected by light pollution.NASA recommends that viewers lie flat on their backs with their feet facing east while looking up. The agency says that after about 30 minutes of adjusting to the dark, stargazers may begin to observe the meteors.RELATED: Check out our 2018 Space Calendar: 33 PHOTOS 2018 Space … [Read more...] about Lyrid meteor shower to light up the nighttime sky in April