Orionid Meteor Shower is spoiled this year, and it’s not because of the weather

Science & Technology

The Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight and under ideal viewing conditions, about 20 meteors can shoot across the sky per hour. Though it won’t be much of a spectacle tonight because of something you might not suspect, the full moon! 

Light pollution from the bright, full moon tonight can make it quite hard to view meteor showers and are often bothersome to astronomers and stargazers alike. Not only that, light pollution from cities as well can make it difficult to view astronomical events. 

You might only see the brightest meteors tonight, about 2-4 an hour. If you’re feeling lucky, you can still look up to the east at the constellation Orion and try to spot one!

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