There are nine major meteor showers each year. The Orionids are on the morning of Oct. 22. The best time to view them is before sunrise and the peak for this shower is 5 a.m. The Insperity Observatory will be open after midnight if the skies are clear. You can also see them from home. Find a dark place away from ground lights, let your eyes adapt, and enjoy.
Meteoroids are small objects floating about in the solar system. Showers are debris left by passing comets and the Orionids are leftovers from Halley’s Comet. As the Earth orbits the sun, it flies into these paths and the debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The streaks we see (meteors) are caused when the air is superheated.
Check our website for the status of the event: humbleisd.net/observatory, and join us for public night, the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m.

 

 

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Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.