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Sri Lankans can witness Ulkapatha Warshawak Meteor Shower October 22 night - Oct 23 morning
Sri Lankans will be able to witness a Meteor Shower (උල්කාපාත වැස්ස) between October 22 night and October 23 morning.
(Night 10.30pm between 22 October and 5.30am 23 October)
Prof Chandana Jayaratne in the Physical Sciences Division
at Colombo University, said that this a rare occurrence. Professor Jayaratne
said the Sri Lankans will be able to witness the meteor shower during the
night. The professor further said the meteor shower can be seen with the naked
In 2017, the Orionid meteor shower will be visible from
October 2 to November 7. The shower is expected to peak on the night of October
20 and early morning of October 23.
When Can I See the Orionids?
Orionids tend to be active every year in the month of
October, usually peaking around October 20-23. At its peak, up to 20 meteors
are visible every hour.
The best time to view the Orionids is just after midnight
and right before dawn.
Dust From Halley's Comet
The Orionid meteor shower is 1 of 2 meteor showers
created by debris from Comet Halley. The Eta Aquarids in May is the second
meteor shower created by debris left by Comet Halley.
Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete
revolution around the Sun. It will next be visible from Earth in 2061.
Where Can I See the Orionids?
It's called Orionids because the meteors seem to emerge
or radiate from the constellation Orion.
A First Quarter Moon will make this meteor shower easy to
see in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. While you can easily see a
shooting star looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of
the Orionids from your location.
Location in the Sky Tonight
NOTE: The table below changes every day to show the
coming night's location
Orionids meteor shower for Colombo (Night 10.30pm between 22
October and 5.30am 23 October)