Don't Miss the Orionid Meteor Shower Tonight!

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It is that time of year again when the earth and the orbit of Halley’s comet intersect leaving stargazers with a beautiful show. If you have missed previous meteor showers this year, maybe this Orionid meteor shower is the one you will finally be able to make.

According to a Met Office spokesperson, "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."

The last time Halley’s comet was visible from earth was in 1986 and is only visible once every 75 years so we still have a few years to wait. Thankfully though we are able to view the tail of the comet between October 20-22 and then again in May for the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.

The tail of the comet is actually pieces of space rock. The pieces disintegrate in the Earth’s upper atmosphere which then cause a meteor shower, or producing what is commonly called, ‘shooting stars’. They travel around 41 miles per second.

Met office believe the best time to see the meteor shower is between Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, the 22nd. Those that live in the south east of England and Scotland are said to be in the best areas. They say you should be see anywhere from 10-20 meteors per hour if the conditions are right.

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