October is sure to be a spectacular month for stargazers with many astronomical events set to take place, along with a meteor show that will send many shooting stars into the night sky.
The Orionid meteor shower will begin taking place above Colorado on October 2, 2020, lasting until November 7, 2020. According to AccuWeather, the shower will peak at 20 shooting stars during the hours of Tuesday, October 20 in the early hours of Wednesday morning, October 21.
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The Orionid meteor shower, known for its brightly drawn stars, is one of two showers created from the remains of Halley’s Comet. Its sister shower, Eta Aquarids, takes place in May.
Other astronomical events to look forward to this month include Mars reaching “opposition” on October 13 and a rare full moon on Halloween. When Mars reaches the “opposition,” the sun will be opposite to Earth and the closest to the earth.
Go to a dark place with a clear and cloudy view of the mountain sky. Meteor showers are generally best viewed after midnight and before dawn. At its peak, the waxing crescent moon is set to open the darkness, creating ideal conditions for stargazers.
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The next meteor shower is the Leonids meteor shower, which will take place in November. The shower, notorious for making fireballs, is set to peak from Monday, November 16 to Tuesday, November 17.