Orionid meteor shower set to peak this weekend

21 October, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle.

STARGAZERS are in for a treat this week with a large meteor shower.

If you miss the peak, you can also be on the lookout for the shower between October 15 and 29, but the meteors may not be as frequent.

A mainly clear night sky this weekend will give us the opportunity to see the Orionid meteor shower. During the peak, 15-20 meteors per hour will likely be visible, though the annual shower has before peaked at upwards of 80 meteors per hour.

The meteor shower will happen on October 21 and 22 with 2 a.m. being the peak time on both nights.

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set.


This means that stargazers should move as far away from the city lights as possible. Within 30 minutes, your eyes will adapt to the darkness and you'll be able to do some stargazing. The best time to watch is after midnight, with the greatest number of meteors in the predawn hours.

The place to look is in the southern to eastern sky.

"The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

The Orionids meteor shower occurs in the autumn months every year.

The meteors are bits of space rock that have entered the earth's atmosphere.

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