Watch this weekend’s Orionid Meteor Shower with Park Rangers in Bay Ridge

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It's gonna look EXACTLY like this. Nah, just kidding, this is a generic public domain photo. Photo via the National Park Service

It is a very small, if not negligent contingent of people who move to New York for the nature. This is not a city known for its greenery. Still, though, with such a high density of humanity in one place, every type of thing will find a way to grow, including astronomers, hell bent on seeing the stars even through all the light pollution.

The Orionid Meteor Shower is taking place this weekend, today through Sunday, and coupled with the fact that we have very little moonlight right now, you’ll be able to see it in the late night hours even from beneath Brooklyn’s dirty skies. Don’t have your own solar studying equipment? The Urban Park Rangers are holding a free viewing of the shower in Bay Ridge’s Owl’s Head Park, where they’ll be helping locals see the meteors through their telescopes and binoculars. According to the Parks Department, “The Orionids is an average shower, producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak,” and it peak is this weekend. That’s a lot of meteors!

The shower viewing will take place on October 22 (Sunday) from 8 to 9:30pm at Owl’s Head, which is located between 68th St. and Colonial Rd.

For those of you who don’t know, The Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers program is awesome, and you should definitely bookmark their page, especially if you’re feeling a bit green-deprived in this urban jungle. In addition to this Sunday’s meteor party, there’s also a Geminids Meteor Shower gathering coming up in December out in Marine Park. That shower will produce, “up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak,” which is brolic beyond words. 

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