The Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight… with the best viewing coming late tonight and before dawn after the bright moon sets.
According to NASA… the Orionids produce are known for being bright and quick. Expect to see few… if any… meteors before midnight with a bright waxing gibbous moon glaring high in the western sky.
Moonset is around 2am tonight in Savannah… and the meteor shower should peak several hours later… at around 5 a.m. when Orion will be highest in the sky toward the south. Around that time… sky watchers may see up to 20 to 25 shooting stars per hour.
The weather should cooperate… especially inland areas of the Coastal Empire and Low Country where mostly clear skies are forecast… with a little patchy fog developing late. Along the coast… partly cloudy skies are expected with a stray coastal shower possible. Rain chances are around 10%.
A meteor shower occurs when earth passes through the orbit of a comet… with the Orionids coming from the dust of Halley’s Comet.
The debris from the comet moves through the earth’s atmosphere… and the particles burn up on entry… creating a streaking pattern in the sky.
To best view the meteor shower: Find a dark area with little to no light. Try to keep focused on the dark sky without looking at bright objects… which will cause your eyes to readjust and will make the meteors harder to see.