Orionids Meteor Shower

***Watch WISN 12 News at 5, 6, & 10 p.m. for the latest weather information!***

Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog!  With clear and crisp weather in the forecast tonight, it is the perfect recipe for viewing the Orionids meteor shower.  In this entry we will discuss where and when to look for the meteors, and also touch on the weekend forecast.

Let’s start with the meteor shower.  The Orionids are unique in several ways.  The rocks and debris that produce the meteors which burn up as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, are actually pieces of Halley’s Comet!  As Halley’s Comet makes its 76 year orbit of the sun, it leaves pieces of debris in its path.

So as Earth encounters this debris field twice a year, the result is the Orionids meteor shower!  Here are a few tips if you want to view the meteor shower, and then a map of the night sky to help you locate where to look.

  • Meteor shower peaks Thursday Night
  • Best viewing after 11pm
  • Look toward the constellation Orion
  • Move away from city lights
  • 15 to 30 meteors visible per hour 

Here is the map of where Orion is located in the night sky.

If you do look for meteors tonight, make sure to share your experience in the comments section of the blog.  I’ve seen several meteor showers before, and many times they are amazing!

Now a quick look at the forecast for the weekend.  If you have been watching any of our WISN 12 newscasts over the past several days we have been highlighting a very good chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday.  That still holds true and now we are in range to start giving some EARLY rainfall totals.  The image below is from our in-house high resolution computer model.  This model shows at least a quarter to half inch of rain in our viewing area through Sunday, and possibly more in spots! 

This storm will likely signal the start of a very active weather pattern for our area that will carry over into early November.  Thanks for reading and make sure to watch WISN 12 News for the latest 7 day forecast.

Jeremy Nelson


2 Responses

  1. maybe im stupid, but i STILL don’t know where to look for the Orionids.
    I have never looked at a sky map, so i don’t know which direction to look in.
    also are they high in the sky or closer to the horizon.

    thank you for your time

    • I would first make sure you are away from city lights, or in a spot at least away from street lights. Then look up, let your eyes adjust to the sky. And then look slightly east-southeast. If you are outside for 15 minutes or so you should see some meteors. Good luck! Jeremy

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