Orionids Meteor Shower 2012: Where to Watch in Brentwood

Shooting stars will be flying early in the morning in Brentwood. The Orionids meteor shower promises to be a show worth watching.

The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the skies of Brentwood.

Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet beginning Oct. 15, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower—though you probably won't see much until a bit later.

What is the best viewing spot to watch the shower? How about the Getty Center, near Mount St. Mary's College, the Santa Monica Pier or your front porch or backyard?

Are there any public viewing events happening?

The shower should be at its peak the night of Saturday, Oct. 20, until just before dawn on Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

What makes this shower so cool? First of all, c'mon—it's a show of shooting stars.

Also, though, there's no question about where to look for this one. Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and finally, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see—well, aside from the sun.

There's also something else that's special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

To make sure you get the best view possible, remember to check the weather forecast and conditions before you head outside to watch. 

Jenny Pareno October 23, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I saw one this morning on my way to yoga. What a great way to start my morning!!! An amazing sight, looks like a blazing star fell just 100 ft above the tree line as I was driving along San Vicente Blvd.
Matthew Sanderson (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Wow! That's awesome Jenny! I'm glad you caught it. I didn't have the best of luck. Did anyone else see a meteor?


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