The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the skies of Studio City.
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 Mulholland Scenic Overlook that looks over Universal City, or anywhere along Mulholland Drive for that matter? Anywhere along the Los Angeles River is rather dark, so the scenery is better.
Fryman Park is always nice, but officially closed at night. And, there are large expansive parks that are not closed, including North or South Weddington Park and even Moorpark Park. (Click on the names for a map to each location.)
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?
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.