Look Up! Spectacular Orionid Meteor Shower To Peak Tonight

WWJ News
October 21, 2019 - 1:26 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - There will be something special to see in the sky, with Orionid meteor shower expected to peak Monday night. 

Mike Narlock, Head of Astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science, says metro Detroiters may be able to view as many as dozens of meteors. 

"Meteor showers are notoriously difficult to really predict," said Narlock, speaking live with WWJ Newsradio 950's Greg Bowman. "But there's a chance that we're going to see quite a spectacular show if the weather cooperates tonight." 

"If you go outside and look up you could see anywhere from 20 to maybe as much as 70 streaks of light across the sky...These are little bits of the tail of a very famous comet, Haley’s Comet, that are hitting our atmosphere and burning up." 

Narlock said while a telescope is not required to see the meteors, the ideal viewing location is a more rural areas, far away from city lights.

"You don't really need any special equipment at all for a nice meteor shower...all you need a patience and a dark sky," he said. "We recommend going out to as far away from a city as you can get. Get a nice dark sky, bring a blanket, lay down and look up, and really that's all you need to do." 

Metro Detroiters should note that clouds and rain in the forecast could make  viewing more difficult. 

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