The Orionid meteor shower will take place will peak on 20-23rd October with up to 25 meteors every hour visible if skies are clear.
The meteor shower takes place due to dust particles from Halley’s comet colliding with earths atmosphere.
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.
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 20, 2017
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.
Can I see it on Merseyside ?
The best chances of spotting the meteor shower will be during the early hours of Saturday.
Rain should clear allowing some clearer skies to develop, however, it will be cold with temperatures feeling closer to 9C.
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