Tonight's the night. Orionids Meteor Shower to be Big Sky Show

Find a dark spot and watch the big show

The offspring of Halley's comet are about to put on quite a show over the skies of Fenton and High Ridge.

Earth passed through a stream of debris from Halley's beginning Oct. 15, but the shower should ld be at its best tonight (Oct. 20) until just before dawn on Sunday. The moon will be setting at about midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour. The National Weather Service is predicting clear skies for Saturday night.

What makes this shower so cool? First, c'mon, it's a show of shooting stars.

Also, though, there's no question about where to look for this one. Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and then, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see - well, aside from the sun.

Something else special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

Obviously, you'll have more luck catching the shooting stars if you're in a place not polluted by light.

In Fenton and High Ridge, that means getting away from the brightly lit Gravois Bluffs development and heading farther out to a city park or onto the back roads where you can get a good peek at the night sky. In fact, your own backyard deck might be the most advantageus spot to see the star show. Just don't forget to turn off your outside lights.


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