Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Orionid Meteor Shower
That means the meteors will easily be seen via the naked eye. In order to get the best view of them, though, you should venture away from city centers and light pollution. The best places to see events like these are rural locations where minimal to no buildings exist. The darker it is, the better chance you have of seeing the show. The best time to see the meteors will be Thursday morning and Friday morning, shortly before dawn. That is when the constellation Orion will be low in the eastern sky. Meteors will not be confined to appearing near Orion, however.
These meteors are exceptionally special because they are pieces of Halley's Comet, which only swings by Earth every 75-76 years. This particular meteor shower occurs annually. So while you may only get to see Halley's Comet once in a lifetime, you can see meteors that originate from the Comet each year via the light show called the Orionid Meteor Shower.
And the great news for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin is skies should be mainly clear Thursday night and Friday morning. That will allow for excellent viewing conditions for the entire region!