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Orionid Meteor Shower: What is it and how can I see it?

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:17 pm

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With around 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 148,000 miles per hour, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky's calendar.

This year, although the shower has been visible since early October, it is due to peak on the evening of Friday 20 October, continuing overnight into the early hours of Saturday 21 October.

These clumps of rock are actually bits left behind by the famous Halley's Comet, which is only visible from Earth about once every 75 years.

The Met Office says "Orionid meteors are known to be very fast, travelling at around 41 miles per second and... with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with its persistent, long trail."

i hope the weather cooperates for those who want to see this. the forecast is good here.

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