Yes, Walt Disney World Resort Guests will have a real chance to wish upon a shooting star late tonight and into the early hours of Friday morning.
The event is called the Orionid meteor shower, and it is one of the two times each year when Earth passes through the debris field of Halley’s Comet. It is called the Orionid meteor shower because the shooting stars will appear to be coming from the direction of the constellation of Orion.
The best chance to see this shower will be in the early hours of Friday, October 21, before dawn, and looking in the eastern/southeastern sky.
According to Orlando’s local news station, Spectrum News 13,
“The Orionids will appear more active when the radiant is highest, since more of that region of the sky will be up and visible. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though, not just near the radiant.
“This isn’t an especially active meteor shower. You might see up to 20 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, but most will catch far fewer than that.”
It should be noted that Guests should be mindful of two factors: cloud cover and light pollution. The less of that, the better your chances are of seeing some real-life magic in the sky.
While light pollution might be an issue, The Walt Disney World Resort has Resort hotels scattered all across the property with varying levels of darkness and views of the night sky from a balcony at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.
For those looking to stay on property and try to witness this event, we wish you the best of luck.
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