Orionids Meteor Shower Oct. 21st and 22nd 2019
Posted on 10th October, 2019
Soon we will welcome the annual Orionid Meteor Shower back to our autumn skies! With the moon largely out the way we will be looking for some faverable tweather conditions to go out and spot these 148,000mph fireworks as they enter our atmosphere.
The shower lasts from October 2nd to November 7th and will peak on 21st and 22nd October between midnight and dawn. Our dark skies location is perfect for meteor watrching and will surely be taking advantage of our observation pods as a base to watch the show!
The Orionid meteor shower happens 60 miles up in space, when the Earth moves though a cloud of thousands and thousands of clumps of space rock.These clumps of rock are actually bits left behind by the famous Halley's Comet, which is only visible from Earth about once every 75 years.As debris collides with the Earth it burns up as it enters the atmosphere, giving them their bright flash.
The Met Office says "Orionid meteors are known to be very fast, travelling at around 41 miles per second and... with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with its persistent, long trail."
Will will certainly be hoping for some trails and will be setting up the camera to hopefully capture one in an image!