Meteor shower among 'Top 5 of the year' to peak tonight

“If you can spot Orion (the constellation), then get ready for some meteors."

Caitlin Lally
October 21, 2019 - 11:04 am
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(KMOX) — Streaks of light will dazzle stargazers Monday night and into Tuesday morning as the Orionid meteor shower crosses the sky.

"I would rank the Orionids in the top five meteor showers of the year," AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said.

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Orionid meteors are debris left behind by Halley's Comet and are some of the fastest and brightest because the Earth is hitting the stream of particles almost head-on. The shower will produce 20 to 25 meteors per hour, on average.

“This shower will be best viewed after midnight,” Samuhel said. “If you can spot Orion (the constellation), then get ready for some meteors."

However, because the moon will be illuminated about halfway, Accuweather recommends looking away from it to spot meteors.

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The greater St. Louis region falls in the area Accuweather predicts will have good viewing conditions. While clouds are expected to linger during the day, the night sky is predicted to be clear for tonight's show.

In addition to the Orionids tonight, Accuweather notes there are four other meteor showers before the end of the year. 

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