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Watching the Skies with Brad Klein: October 16-22 The Orionid Meteor Shower

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Bill Ingalls
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
A meteor streaks through the night sky

  • One of 2023’s best meteor showers, the Orionids, can be viewed Friday and Saturday evenings - Oct 21 and 22
  • Find a safe dark place, lie down with your feet pointing SE, and let your eyes adjust to the dark
  • Best viewing is after midnight, and shooting stars may be seen anywhere in the night sky

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Brad Klein reviews the week’s astronomical highlights with Bethlehem’s 'Backyard Astronomy Guy', Marty McGuire.

This week, the Orionid meteor shower presents an opportunity to catch a falling star in the night sky, on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22.

The Orionid meteor shower is caused by bits of dust and gravel that originated in Halley’s Comet burning brightly in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Brad Klein
WLVR’s Brad Klein (l) and Bethlehem’s "Backyard Astronomy Guy" Marty McGuire

According to McGuire, the best viewing is after midnight and shooting stars may be visible over a wide stretch of the night sky. It’s best to put your phone away, and allow your eyes to adjust to the dark and become more sensitive.