SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend. The meteors come from the icy comet Halley, which only passes Earth about every 75 or 76 years.
The comet crumbs, some like to call it, are named after the direction they are coming from, which is the constellation, Orion.
But Saturday night might not be the best night for viewing here in the Pioneer Valley. Conditions will stay a little cloudy through the evening, and temperatures will hit the 40’s by 9:00 p.m., so make sure to dress warmly if you plan on heading out.
But out of the two nights for viewing this weekend, I’d go for Sunday night to look to the east-southeast for the show. Sky conditions are much more clear so you’ll get a better view of the shower which could produce up to 20 meteors per hour.
Temperatures will be a lot more chilly, however, so bring a winter jacket and maybe even a blanket. It will already be in the upper 30’s by the evening, and the low 30’s by midnight.
If you get pictures of the meteor shower, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.