Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches


Check Out Those Meteor Showers on Washington / Oregon Coast: Orionids Peak Soon

Published 10/19/23 at 12:32 a.m.
B
y Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Check Out Those Meteor Showers on Washington / Oregon Coast: Orionids Peak Soon

(Astoria, Oregon) – Unearthly streaks of light in the skies should be ramping up right about now, so keep your eyes peeled upwards if you're on the Oregon coast or Washington coast – or really anywhere, for that matter. (Above: star movement and the moon in a long exposure at Manzanita - Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; some specials in winter
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Some specials for winter
In Lincoln City:
Some specials for winter
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Some specials for winter
In Newport:
Look for some specials
In Waldport
Some specials for winter
In Yachats, Florence
Some specials for winter
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

The Orionids meteor shower will be peaking this weekend, with as many as 10 to 20 little balls of light per hour. The peak technically happens after midnight on Saturday morning, the 21st of October. The following night of the 22nd will also be your interstellar jam, but the hours around midnight and just after on the morning of the 22nd will be even better.

When skies are clear right about now (fall), they are exceptionally clear, with major twinkling above – something that's especially gorgeous along the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Lucky for all of us, it's the first quarter of the moon, so it will not be interfering with our views of the meteor showers.

The Orionids come from the tail of Halley’s Comet, the same dust and debris that also creates the Eta Aquarid meteor showers in the spring.

According to NASA, meteor showers tend to come in bursts and there will often be lulls where nothing happens. These ones are faster than many, screaming through at 40 miles per second. They're not extremely bright, according to EarthSky.org, but they have something else that's eye-catching.

“The meteors in this shower are on the faint side,” said EarthSky.org. “But they make up for their faintness by leaving trains, or ionized gas trails, that last for a few seconds after the meteor itself has gone. Maybe half of the Orionid meteors leave persistent trains.”

While the peaks happen soon, the whole meteor shower started in late September and runs until November 22. Oregon Coast Beach Connection saw a few of these dazzlers recently in the Portland area, back in early October.

How to see the meteor showers on Washington's coast or the Oregon coast?

Your first consideration should be getting out of the interference of light. Both coastlines will be perfect for this, with just about every beach hidden from most major light sources. Some of the best spots can be the high viewpoints, simply because of the dramatic views paired with the sky show. These include the Neahkahnie overlooks by Manzanita, Cape Foulweather near Depoe Bay, Cape Arago near Coos Bay, Bandon, the pullouts just south of Yachats or Humbug Mountain, or Silver Point near Cannon Beach. Flat beaches like darker areas of Lincoln City or Washington's Westport or Long Beach will be pure gold as well.

For Portlanders, heading into the coast range or the countrysides of Clackamas or Washington counties will be prime as well.

They radiate from about the constellation of Orion, but look all over the sky.

Also see Interstellar Objects Above Oregon Coast / Washington Coast Only Cameras Can See: Emissions Nebulae

Halley's Comet is a ball of ice and rock that is left over from the formation of our solar system, only seen once every 75 years. The last time Earthlings saw it was 1986, and it's not due to return until 2061.

As it continues zipping around our solar system, it leaves behind a dusty trail. When the comet swings close to the sun on its orbit-like path, the sun heats its icy surface, which then releases particles of not just ice but dust as well. When the Earth's orbit wanders into that debris field, they start hitting the atmosphere and burn up as fiery little streaks of light.

Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - South Coast Hotels - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours



MORE PHOTOS BELOW






Booking.com


All photos below Oregon Coast Beach Connection



More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....


Coastal Spotlight


Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Quiet Yet Hot Little U.S. Travel Destination: Rockaway Beach on N. Oregon Coast
Now, it's still seven miles of captivating beaches, often full of solitude

What Not to Do on Oregon Coast: Small Beaches During Big Tides, Video
Just about every year it happens somewhere along Oregon's coast. Weather, beach safety

Extremely Rare Fin Whale Strands on Oregon Coast: Attacked by Orcas, Stuck in...
Further updates on fin whale. Sciences

Ten Truly Fire Spring Break Stretches of Oregon Coast
Something different at Manzanita, Depoe Bay, Oceanside, Newport, Yachats, Florence, more

Romance of the South Oregon Coast: From Sand to Soaring Clifftops
The wooing and wowing at Bandon, Coos Bay, Gold Beach, Brookings, Reedsport. Travel tips

Oregon Coast Fin Whale Update: Sick, Weathered Orca Attack, Fishing Gear
A rare find, attacked by orcas, fishing gear, and very sick. Marine sciences

UPDATED: A Rare Stranding on Oregon Coast, Fin Whale Washes Up Near Seaside
About 40 feet, it washed up at Gearhart

April 2024 Partial Solar Eclipse Coming to Oregon Coast, Washington Coast
On April 8, between 11:20 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., in and around 23 percent. Sciences


Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on Oregon Coast Beach Connection
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted