Meteor shower over Norfolk october 2018

Shirakawa-go and Orionid meteor shower

The crisp, cool and clear night is the flawless condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower.

There's good news and bad news about this year's Orionid meteor shower, which should throw off some beauties before dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before it reaches its peak early Monday. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle. However, you can go out on any clear night between now and November 7 to catch a few meteors. 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.

You may have spotted a meteor or two streaking across the sky this month, but the big show is coming this weekend.

To get the best view of the shower, you should avoid light pollution by getting away from city lights.

Greatest number of meteors are typically visible after midnight.

Look at the entire sky.

"The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet. This comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth's atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet's orbit, as it does every year at this time".

The last time stargazers were able to see the actual comet itself, was in 1986 and the next time it will appear close to earth is in 2061. "At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris", explains



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