Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend: What are the viewing conditions for western Mass?

Weather News

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 reportit@wwlp.com.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only on WWLP.com | Digital First

More Digital First

State Police Overtime Scandal

More State Police Overtime Investigation

Trending Stories

Weather Tweets

Donate Today

Contests and Sweepstakes