Get ready for the Orionid meteor shower! The Orionids will illuminate the northern hemisphere sky on October 21. The shower will commence from the evening and continue until the dawn of October 22. Qatar Calendar House announced that people will have a good opportunity of seeing Orionid meteor shower this time. Qatar is a country located in Western Asia. It occupies the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
According to astronomer Beshir Marzouk, the Orionid meteor shower is usually active every year between October 2 and November 2. Its peak starts from October 21 evening and continues to till the dawn of the next day. People do not need astronomical instruments to see meteor showers. One can see it through the naked eyes. This time as well, people living in the northern hemisphere including in Qatar will see the Orionid meteor showers with the bare eye. They will have to look to the southeast horizon of the sky from midnight till dawn time to capture the magnificent glimpses. The best time to see these showers is from midnight till dawn time. The best location is a darker location without light and pollutions. Marzouk said that one can also click pictures of the shower using digital cameras. He suggested increasing the exposure time of the camera for clicking the best shots. Experts on meteors shower observations say that the average rate of showers flow will be between 20 to 30 Orionid meteors every hour.
An Orionid meteor shower is considered one of the important meteors showers seen from Earth. It is created by debris from Halley Comet. Halley Comet is undoubtedly the most famous comet which is visible from Earth. It is visible about every 75 years. The last time it returned to Earth’s vicinity was in 1986. The next time it is projected to reach perihelion is in July 2061. Perihelion is the closest point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid to the sun and therefore humans will be in a better situation to view it than it was in 1986.