Sci-tech

Here come the Orionid meteors

Here come the Orionid meteors

The Orionids light up the night sky every year towards the end of October in "one of the most attractive showers of the year", according to Nasa.

Although they can not rival the three major yearly meteor showers - the Quadrantids, Perseids and Geminids - the Orionids are known for their consistent intensity and their easy visibility, as they are both bright and appear near the zenith in Taiwan, the museum said. The name comes from the constellation Orion from where the meteors appear to radiate.

And while the yearly shower runs from October to November, this week - particularly Friday night - is prime time.

The October meteors that Halley's Comet sends our way are called Orionid meteors because they appear to fan out from a point in the sky near the familiar winter star pattern of Orion the Hunter. If you missed it, you'll have to wait until 2061-62 for another chance, because Halley's Comet only comes around these parts once every 76 years.

The planet Uranus will be at its brightest visibility for the year Friday because it will be at an "opposition", which means it will be located opposite the sun, with the Earth between the two celestial bodies, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Thursday.

More news: Jordan Henderson On Bench - Liverpool Team vs Maribor Confirmed

If you're unable to see this stunning shower for yourself due to poor weather conditions, then plugging in is your next best option. This dependable shower can produce an average of 20-25 meteors per hour. Numerous falling stars leave ionised trails of glowing gas in their path.

Optimal viewing conditions are in rural areas, away from light pollution, just before sunrise. In this case speed is important because fast meteors have a tendency to explode.

Viewers can expect to spot between 15 and 30 meteors every hour.

The best time to see the shower is after midnight.


  • At Least Five People Shot An An Office Park In Maryland

    At Least Five People Shot An An Office Park In Maryland

    As part of the on going search Delaware State Police have placed several New Castle County schools and offices on lock down. A fourth time, Prince allegedly "came to see me, cursed and yelled at me..." The FBI is assisting local authorities.
    Israeli jets bomb Assad guns after missile attack

    Israeli jets bomb Assad guns after missile attack

    A US-led coalition backs some of the militia groups that want to overthrow Assad, including SDF and Free Syrian Army. As reported earlier today by JOL, the Syrian Army warned that Israeli action will have "dangerous implications".
    Did Watford's Richarlison dive to win a penalty against Arsenal?

    Did Watford's Richarlison dive to win a penalty against Arsenal?

    He told BT Sport: "I've heard Wenger's already blaming [the penalty] as the reason for why they lost". Elsewhere, he maintained Arsenal simply weren't up for the physical battle.
  • Minnesotans don't need new ID for a year

    Minnesotans don't need new ID for a year

    TSA does not require children under 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website .
    Netflix planning to release 80 new movies in 2018

    Netflix planning to release 80 new movies in 2018

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION WARNING: " Netflix , Inc". (NASDAQ:NFLX) earned "Buy" rating by Goldman Sachs on Friday, October 13. The stock has a market capitalization of $86.14 billion, a PE ratio of 242.707 and a beta of 1.09.
    Selena Finally Gets a Google Doodle and Everyone Is Muy Excited

    Selena Finally Gets a Google Doodle and Everyone Is Muy Excited

    Selena was murdered by the founder of a fan club in 1995 , just as she had finished recording her first English album. At the time, her new teammates were conceiving of a Quintanilla Doodle to go live that same year.
  • Nintendo Switch update also adds wireless headset support

    Nintendo Switch update also adds wireless headset support

    While the feature is useful for sharing those cool moments with your friends, it only supports certain games. With the latest #Firmware Update , players can finally record videos on a handful of Nintendo Switch games.
    Trump's Anti-Iran Rhetoric Isolates US, Not Iran: Commander

    Trump's Anti-Iran Rhetoric Isolates US, Not Iran: Commander

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with students in Tehran, Iran, October 18, 2017. Iran says it has no such plans.
    DOOM Heads To The Nintendo Switch On November 10, 2017

    DOOM Heads To The Nintendo Switch On November 10, 2017

    Nintendo of America has announced the official release date for Doom on Nintendo Switch , and it's coming sooner than we thought. So do not forget to squeeze that into your Christmas budget along with the Nintendo Switch if you don't already have the system.
  • Rojo close to Man Utd return confirms Mourinho

    Benfica were thrashed 5-0 in their last Champions League game by Basel and were defeated 2-1 by CSKA Moscow in their first game . On the other hand, Benfica are bottom of the group with zero points and a -6 goal difference from their opening two games .
    Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

    Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

    Paxson said that Mirotic needs to pass a concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be treated. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27m in September.
    Kyle Adam Maraghy's Lawyer Says Fan Punched Was Womanizing and Threatening

    Kyle Adam Maraghy's Lawyer Says Fan Punched Was Womanizing and Threatening

    After a few seconds, the fan in the jersey throws multiple punches at the victim, causing a flow of blood from the man's head. The incident took place during the team's loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium.