NEWSFLASH: Catch Friday Night’s Orionid Meteor Shower.

When to view it, and how long it will last.

Whatever you get up to this Friday night (20/10) be sure to take a moment to look up at the sky- or even make an event of it- to catch the Orionid meteor shower. ‘Orionids’ ( so named from the point in space they appear to come from- here, the constellation of Orion) occur every year in October, according to Time and Date . They usually peak around this date (until the 22nd) , where you will see up to 20 meteors an hour.

Orionids are a result of Comet Halley- last seen in 1986- which is currently revolving around the sun (and which we will only spot again in 2061). These meteors, or shooting stars, are broken pieces/debris of Halley’s Comet.

Explains Earthsky , “As Comet Halley moves through space, it leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth’s atmosphere most fully around October 20-22, every year. The comet is nowhere near, but, around this time every year, Earth is intersecting the comet’s orbit.”


As for all stargazing, the meteor shower will be best viewed between midnight to dawn.

Space recommends for best viewing, to “get far away from city lights (which can hinder the show). Go out around 1:30 a.m. and let your eyes adjust to the dark for about 20 minutes.”


Feature Image: Hubble Space Telescope/Pinterest