The Orionid Meteor Shower

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20th - 21st Oct 2020

The Orionids are active every year in October, usually peaking around October 20 and 21. At its peak, up to 20 meteors are visible every hour.


It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.  The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7.  The waxing crescent moon will set before midnight leaving dark skies for what should be a good show.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Orion, but can appear anywhere in the sky.  Orionids are named after Orion, because the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the same area in the sky as the constellation.


Did you capture images of The Orionids at OM?

We’d love to see your dark sky photos.  You can email them to us at omdarksky@midulstercouncil.org or post them to any of our social channels.

 

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