The Orionid Meteor Shower will peak over Merseyside this Wednesday & Thursday

Credit: Kenneth Brandon
Credit: Kenneth Brandon

The Orionid Meteor Shower will peak between 21 and 22 October in 2015.

The Orionids are a remnant of Comet Halley and at its peak you could see up to 20 shooting stars per hour.

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“Perseid meteor and Milky Way in 2009” by Brocken Inaglory

The Orionid meteor shower happens every year and is connected with Halley’s Comet; it’s the debris from its most recent passage, back in 1986, hitting the Earth’s atmosphere.

Orionid meteors are known to be very fast travelling at around 41 miles per second, and typically on the faint side, although with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with it’s persistent, long trail.

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.

Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower. Ideally a location away from light pollution will be of benefit.

Forecasters say that it’s looking rather cloudy on Merseyside on Wednesday & Thursday so star gazers could have a hard time spotting the meteors, the best we can hope for is some clear spells during breaks in cloud at the moment.

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