Live broadcast of Orionids available as it nears peak: museum

Taipei,  A live broadcast of the Orionid meteor shower, which is forecast to peak between Tuesday and Wednesday, is being provided by the Taipei Astronomical Museum, allowing stargazers to see them even if the weather is poor.

Astronomy buffs can go to the YouTube channel the museum uses on a regular basis to stream images of the skies through its high-resolution telescopes installed on high mountains and islands, the museum said Tuesday.

Observation conditions for the Orionids should continue to be ideal for a couple of days, the museum said.

The Orionids, which streak out of the constellation Orion, can produce up to 20 shooting stars per hour, with the peak period to last from 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, it said.

The Orionid meteor shower happens annually when the Earth ploughs through dusty debris from Halley’s Comet, named after astronomer Edmond Halley, who determined the comet’s periodicity and contributed to further knowledge of the solar system.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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