Some skywatchers may be disappointed this weekend as a cloudy forecast will hamper the Orionid meteor shower.
A dazzling meteor shower will rain down shooting stars over Metro Vancouver this weekend, but locals won’t be able to see them.
This month, two meteor showers can be observed from the lower mainland. The first, the Carinaids, peaked around October 8th, but the second, the Orionid meteor shower, peaks this weekend between October 21st and October 22nd, and is even more impressive. Show the display.
The American Weather Association points out that the Orionid meteor shower could be: Occasionally reaches “high-intensity activity”” and is said to be on par with the Perseid meteor shower (one of the brightest meteor showers this year). On average, the Orionid meteor shower produces approximately 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour, but in exceptional years it can produce up to 50 to 75 shooting stars per hour. . time.
VIA’s Downtown Vancouver Weather Bureau says cloudy skies in the forecast will make it very difficult to see the Orionid meteor shower in Metro Vancouver this weekend.
More meteor showers visible from Metro Vancouver in 2023
After two meteor showers in October, three more will grace the skies by the end of the year.
In November, you can observe the Leonid meteor shower reaching its peak between November 17th and 18th.
The final month of the year will see two more meteor showers rain down on the night sky, including even more impressive celestial displays.
Geminid meteor shower 2023
One of the brightest meteor showers of the year, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on December 13-14, just before the holiday season, producing an army of shooting stars. Specifically, this dazzling astral display aims to produce more than one meteor per minute, which means up to 100 bright stars per hour.
The Geminid meteor shower, which originates from the constellation Gemini, can be seen across the night sky and is expected to rain shooting stars throughout the night.
This year’s Geminid meteor shower will peak near the new moon, meaning the sky will be darker than usual and stargazers may be able to see more meteors in the sky, it has been reported. old farmer’s almanac.
The Geminid meteor shower will be followed by shooting stars dotting the sky a few days before Christmas, peaking between December 22nd and 23rd.
With files from Elana Shepert.