Orionid meteor

Every October the Earth passes through the trail left by Halley’s Comet and this event is expected to peak this weekend. Up to 30 meteors an hour could be seen as they burn up, which can be best viewed in the northern hemisphere, with the optimum viewing times likely to be at around 1am or 5am.

As the Earth slowly orbits the Sun, it passes into one of the debris streams left by Comet Halley and the material returns as the Orionid meteor shower. While it won’t be a “meteor storm”, what you can expect to see is one of the most predictable and reliable meteor showers of the year.



Orionid meteor

Even if it’s a few days early (or late), take advantage of any clear skies and begin your observations because activity is up.