Last Seen In 1986, Halley’s Comet 2 Oct Til 7 Nov 2019 - Then 2061

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    Last Seen In 1986, Halley’s Comet
    Will Make Its Presence Known This Week
    With Shooting Star Show

    The Orionid meteor shower peaks on Monday/Tuesday in a moonless sky. 960x0.

    Halley's Comet in 1986
    (Photo by F. Carter Smith/Sygma via Getty Images)
    • Will you be alive in 2061?

      If not, your only chance to see something
      of Halley's Comet comes in both early May
      and late October each year when Earth
      moves through streams of particles
      the great comet deposited in the inner solar system in 1986.

      As those particles hit Earth's atmosphere they energise
      and glow for a millisecond, something that happens
      as many as 40 times per hour to create a meteor shower.

      That’s what is happening on Monday/Tuesday
      as the Orionid meteor shower peaks after midnight.

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      A meteor streaks across the Milky Way
      during the Orionid meteor shower.
      Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by ... [+]TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES

      What has Orion got to do with this meteor shower?

      Technically speaking, nothing whatsoever.

      The Orionid meteor shower gets its name
      from the constellation its shooting stars appear to come from
      —Orion the Hunter.

      Astronomers call this the “radiant point”,
      which more precisely is close to an open cluster
      of stars called Collinder 69.

      A lovely sight though binoculars and easy to see
      with the naked eye from a dark sky site, Collinder 69
      can be found just above Orion the Hunter's head.

      However, just look in the general direction of Orion's Belt
      and you’ll see any shooting stars from the Orionid
      meteor shower.

      When, where and how to see the Orionids?

      Although it runs from October 2 through November 7,
      the night to watch for shooting stars
      from the Orionid meteor shower is Monday
      through Tuesday, October 21 and 22, 2019.

      The best time will be after midnight when your location
      will be on the nightside of Earth.

      A lawn chair or deckchair is perfect for watching meteor showers,
      though the best advice is always to wrap up warm
      and let you eyes adjust to the dark and just watch the night sky
      (in this case, look generally southeast towards Orion).

      Whatever you do don't stop looking,
      and absolutely do not look at your smartphone.

      Its white light will instantly kill your night vision.

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