Bismarck to Have Near-Perfect Viewing Conditions for Tuesday Night Meteor Shower
Look up to the sky tomorrow night and Wednesday morning (10/21)! This will be the best time to gaze in the night sky for the Orionid Meteor Shower.
Here is the deal, a new moon will allow the best background for the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower. Plus, Bismarck and the surrounding area will have near-perfect weather conditions with clear skies tomorrow night and Wednesday morning. The light show will technically start tonight in Bismarck, but the best time will be Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
The show will be spectacular with pretty much a non-stop night show! Starting late tomorrow night and through dawn, there could be as many as 25 meteors per hour, or one every two to three minutes.
The best equipment to use for snapping pictures would be low-light, high-resolution video cameras.
Because of the near perfect weather conditions in the Midwest, we'll have the best line of sight for the shower, not so good across southern and central Florida as clouds stream in ahead of a tropical storm.
According to according to Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman-
"As the meteors enter the ionosphere, they, appropriately enough, ionize the air and that serves as a reflector for radio waves, so they actually give a crackle and a sound at the speed of light," Berman said.
"As the meteors are being seen, they can also be heard."
The Orionids, which are pieces of Halley's Comet, produce unusually fast streaks across the sky because they hit Earth head on, Berman said. With speeds around 41 miles per second, the Orionids are twice as fast as a high-velocity rifle bullet, he explained.
Berman said for reasons still unknown, the Orionids have a history of putting on a better show than expected.