The Orionid Meteor Shower usually occurs in mid-October each year, and will peak on the evening of October 21 this year

If you’re a fan of stargazing, make sure you have an eye to the skies on Wednesday night.

That evening, the Orionid Meteor Shower will peak, providing you with the perfect opportunity to see shooting stars from the UK!

The Orionid Meteor Shower usually occurs in mid-October each year, and will peak on the evening of October 21 this year.

NASA said: “The Orionids, which peak during mid-October each year, are considered to be one of the most beautiful showers of the year.

“Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and for their speed. These meteors are fast—they travel at about 148,000 mph (66 km/s) into the Earth’s atmosphere.

“Fast meteors can leave glowing « trains » (incandescent bits of debris in the wake of the meteor) which last for several seconds to minutes. Fast meteors can also sometimes become fireballs.

NASA explained: “Each time that Halley returns to the inner solar system its nucleus sheds ice and rocky dust into space. The dust grains eventually become the Orionids in October and the Eta Aquarids in May if they collide with Earth’s atmosphere.”

Thankfully, the meteor shower will be viewable from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, peaking shortly after midnight on Wednesday evening.

NASA advised: “Find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

“Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient – the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/orionid-meteor-shower-peaks-week-22857204

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