Orionid meteor shower 2017

Orionid meteor shower 2017Orionid meteor shower 2017 will be visible from October 2 to November 7 but the shower is expected to peak the night of  October 20 into the early morning of October 21. The Orionids is caused by the dust and debris of Halley’s Comet. Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. It will next be visible from Earth in 2061. The Orionids are active every year in the month of October, and at its peak, should produce up to 20 meteors every hour. The best time to view the Orionids is just after midnight and right before dawn. Due to a First Quarter Moon, this meteor shower will be easy to see in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.


The table below shows the exact direction of the Orionids from your location.

Orionids meteor shower for Orange County (Night between October 20 and October 21)
Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude
Fri 11:00 pm 75°East-northeast 6.4°
Sat 12:00 midnight 83°East 18.6°
Sat 1:00 am 91°East 31.1°
Sat 2:00 am 101°East 43.5°
Sat 3:00 am 113°East-southeast 55.5°
Sat 4:00 am 134°Southeast 65.9°
Sat 5:00 am 172°South 71.8°
Sat 6:00 am 215°Southwest 68.9°

Direction to see the Orionids in the sky:

  • Azimuth is the direction, based on true north; a compass might show a slightly different value.
  • Altitude is height in degrees over the horizon.

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