A night under the meteors with York U’s Allan I. Carswell Observatory


TORONTO, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 – Up to 15 meteors an hour will likely zip through the night sky starting Oct. 15 when the Orionid meteor shower commences, peaking the evening of Sunday, Oct. 21. The public can view the shower on the first clear weekday evening from Oct. 15 to 19 at York University, free of charge.

Check the weather reports for updates, which will be posted by 4pm on the Allan I. Carswell Observatory twitter page @yorkobservatory or Facebook page to see if the telescopes will be set up for viewing that evening.

In addition, to the meteors, there will be an array of astronomical objects to view.  A constellation sky tour will occur several times during the evening.

WHO: York University Professor Paul Delaney is available to discuss the meteor shower.

WHAT: The Orionid meteor shower Oct. 15 to 19, public viewing. The Allan I. Carswell Observatory team in the Faculty of Science will be on hand to explain what people are seeing.

WHEN: The first clear weeknight during the week of Oct. 15. Check social media for weather posting to see if the telescopes will be set up.

WHERE: On the top of the Arboretum Lane Parking Garage – see Map or number 80 on this Map

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