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  Canada | Nova Scotia  
Visibility: Good Visibility

Best hours to observe:
10:30pm - 05:00am (AST)
Peak: Night of Oct 20 to morning of Oct 21
Best: Morning of October 21 before dawn

Peak: October 20 and 21
Shower rate:
30-60 per hour
Time Zone:
UTC/GMT -4 hours

While expected rates in your location may be high, several factors may interfere.


93% Full

Moon Forecast: Waning Gibbous Moon

Moon phase is not favorable for gazing at the Orionids meteor shower. The peak of this shower coincides with a Waning Gibbous Moon, so fainter Orionids meteors will be difficult to observe.

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Where to look up at the sky

In 2013, the peak of the Orionids meteor shower will coincide with a Waning Gibbous Moon. Due to its close proximity to the October 18th Full Moon, the Moon will produce unfavorable viewing circumstances for observers in both hemispheres. The Orionids occasionally produce fireballs that light up the night sky, so those willing to stay out and watch may be in for a treat. With an upwards of up to 20 meteors per hour predicted, it may well be worth staying out to catch quite a few bursts of light streaking through the night sky.

Typically, under entirely clear skies, observers may witness 10 to 20 meteors per hour; but these rates can exceed up to 25 meteors per hour in rural locations. Be aware that local conditions such as light pollution, cloud cover, and precipitation will also play a major role in the number of meteors you are likely to see. Less is usually better when it comes to observing a meteor shower.

For the best viewing experience, find an area unobstructed by a structure that is far away from city lights. Using optical devices such as binoculars or telescopes is not recommended, as your field of view will be greatly restricted, thus making the possibility of missing a "shooting star" more likely.

Once you have found an observation spot, face half-way up toward the southeastern portion of the sky. Face northeast if you live in the southern hemisphere. Looking in this direction, you will have the constellation of Orion, the radiant of the Orionids meteor shower, within your field of view. Not coincidentally, the Orionids meteor shower is named after Orion for the reason that they appear to originate from the Club of the famous Hunter constellation.

Looking directly up at the sky or into the radiant is not recommended since this is just the point in which they appear to come from. You are more likely to see a trail when looking slightly away from this point. Looking half-way up into the sky will lead to the best show in the house.

Observing a meteor shower is sometimes takes a great deal of patience, but if you hang around long enough, you should be rewarded with a an experience that wont soon be forgotten. Blissful gazing!

Places & Viewing locations

Canada - Nova Scotia

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Past Orionids Photos
By Robert Cobain
United Kingdom
By Robert Cobain
United Kingdom
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Allendale, MI
By Hanz 222
United States
By Ed Sweeney

Informative links  

Orionids Wikipedia Page - Wikipedia

Upcoming sky events

  • 2016 Leonids meteor shower - November 16, 17th
  • 2016 Geminids meteor shower - December 13, 14th
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Yearly Zenithal Hourly Rate
2016 20 predicted
2016 25 predicted
2011 15 per hour
2010 2 per hour
2006 23 per hour
2005 3 per hour
The Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) of a meteor shower is the number of meteors an observer would see in one hour under perfect conditions.

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Meteor Shower Tip

Try not to look directly up into the skies of the world. Instead, look half-way up into the sky for the best view!

Orionids Fun Fact

Orionids are among the fastest-moving meteors. These meteors typically strike our atmosphere while traveling at speeds of 66 km/s (about 148,000 mph).

Orionids Tip

Keep in mind that any local light pollution or obstructions like tall trees or buildings will reduce your making a meteor sighting. Give your eyes time to dark-adapt before starting.

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