Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Orionid Meteor Shower

  A Meteor Shower from Halley's Comet

Starting on 16 October and ending on the 27 October, the Orionid meteor shower will peak between 20 and 21 October in 2014.
The Orionids is a fairly modest meteor shower however at its peak you will be could see up to 20 shooting stars per hour. Orionid meteors are known to be very fast travelling at around 41 mph, and typically on the faint side, although with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with it's persistent, long trail.
The Orionid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion, which is one of the most visible and recognisable in the sky throughout the world.  This meteor shower is created by the debris left by the Comet Halley, which will next be visible from Earth in 2061.

Ideal weather conditions

Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower. Ideally a location away from light pollution will be of benefit.