Moonrise over lake Tahoe during the Perseid Meteor Shower, which peaked last weekend. The lights that fly across the entire screen are planes crossing the sky, but there are a few “much” shorter flashes in here that are Perseid meteors - watch it a couple times if you need to spot some.
My stargazing friends, this is just to remind all of you that the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend, in the wee hours between 20th and 21st of October!!
We should have a moonless night then, so just find a nice dark spot and look to the south-eastern sky, between midnight and 2 am (or at least before dawn)!
The radiant is close to the
constellation of Orion, north of the star Betelgeuse. Orionids exhibit a maximum of about 10 to 20 meteors per hour, so there’s a really good opportunity to see them! :) Let’s hope for a cloudless night… *fingers crossed*
The Orionids Meteor Shower is to take place on October 20th through October 22nd, with its peak being on October 21st. The Orionids Meteor Shower is named for the constellation Orion and is produced by debris that breaks away from Halley’s Comet.
The constellation Orion is associated with self-confidence, strength, victory, and winter storms, therefore magickal workings having to do with such things would be appropriate to perform during this time.
Make Star Waterwith a pinch of gold, orange, or red glitter
Create the constellation Orion out of crystals
Carve the constellation into a wax cube or candle and let it melt
Use the constellation pattern as a symbol of power
Burn a blend of corresponding incense
Brew up a self-confidence potion (your favorite coffee or hot chocolate, perhaps) and drink it under the stars
Make offerings to Orion
Go outside, locate the meteor shower in the sky, and harness energy from it
Use the energy from the meteor shower to charge various items
Summon the spirit of Orion to aid in your spellwork for the evening of the meteor shower
To any of my beautiful followers who are astral witches or simply love star gazing, don’t forget that tonight we have a chance to see the Perseids Meteor Shower between 11pm and 4am. If you are planning to catch a glimpse of the shower, try to find somewhere with little light pollution and face away from the moon. Your eyes can take up to 20 minutes to adjust so you can see try to avoid looking at your phone, just look up at enjoy the view. Hopefully you all get a clear sky, and a good view. Happy star gazing.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked before dawn on April 22nd, as our planet plowed through dust from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher. Seen from the high, dark, and dry Atacama desert a waning crescent Moon and brilliant Venus join Lyrid meteor streaks in this composited view. Captured over 5 hours on the night of April 21/22, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant, a point not very far on the sky from Vega, alpha star of the constellation Lyra.
In the foreground are domes of the Las Campanas Observatory housing (left to right) the 2.5 meter du Pont Telescope and the 1.3 meter Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) telescope.