Look up: Meteor shower to light up Seattle's unusually cloudless night skies

Annual Geminid meteor shower to light-up Metro Vancouver Sky tonight

Annual Geminid meteor shower to light-up Metro Vancouver Sky tonight

This week's clear skies are providing a rare opportunity for early-morning views of the Orionid meteor shower, one of the brightest and most handsome of the year. That will keep the marine layer away from the coast, making it easier to see the night sky.

There's good news and bad news about this year's Orionid meteor shower, which should throw off some beauties before dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before it reaches its peak early Monday. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles nearly head on.

Like all meteor showers, the Orionids is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere. Locate the constellation Orion.

During its peak, 15 to 20 meteors per hours should be visible and are some of the fastest among meteor showers at 148,000 mph in relative speed.

To view the shower, try to reduce light pollution if possible, avoid using binoculars or telescopes and look up. Space.com says to go outside around 1:30 a.m. and give your eyes about 20 minutes to adjust to the light.

The shower peaks on October 21, but the meteors may be visible as early as today after midnight. But they can be seen anywhere in the night sky.

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