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Meteor shower Orionids reaches its peak on Friday evening<!-- wp:html --><div></div> <div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">If you are a fan of stargazing, be sure to keep an eye on the sky tonight.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">A “beautiful” meteor shower called the Orionids will be visible to the naked eye Friday evening. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The Orionids occur each fall when Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley’s comet and fills the sky with “prolonged explosions of light,” NASA says. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">This year, the annual shower peaks on the night of October 21 to 22 between midnight and sunrise (Friday evening to Saturday morning).</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">During this period, 20 shooting stars can fly over every hour, each at speeds of up to 66 kilometers per second.</p> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">The radiant for the Orionids (the point in the sky from which the meteors appear) is in the constellation Orion, hence the name ‘Orionids’</p> </div> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">Described as “one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” the Orionids (pictured here in 2016) occur each fall when Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley’s Comet</p> </div> <div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sciencetech"> <h3 class="mol-factbox-title">What is the Orionids Meteor Shower?</h3> <div class="ins cleared mol-factbox-body"> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The Orioinid shower is made from the remains of Halley’s Comet. The comet itself was last seen in 1986 and will not brighten Earth’s sky until 2061. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">But every year, in mid- to late October, Earth passes through the comet’s dusty debris. When this happens, the sky can light up before sunrise with a stunning display of shooting stars. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">People living in North America, Europe, most parts of Asia, and northern parts of South America can see the meteor shower by looking at the southeastern sky.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Those who live in the Southern Hemisphere can spot the squall by looking at the northeastern sky. </p> </div> </div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“The Orionids, which peak in mid-October each year, are considered one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” NASA said.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and their speed. These meteors are fast — they travel at about 148,000 miles per hour (66 km/s) in Earth’s atmosphere. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Fast meteors can leave glowing “trains” (glowing bits of debris in the meteor’s wake) that last from seconds to minutes. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Fast meteors can sometimes turn into fireballs; look for prolonged bursts of light when viewing the Orionid meteor shower.’ </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">To find the Orionids, members of the public must seek a spot away from street lamps and other sources of light pollution. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The meteors can be seen with the naked eye, so binoculars or telescopes are not necessary, although a period of 20 minutes is recommended to allow the eyes to adjust to the dark. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The radiant for the Orionids — the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate — is in the constellation Orion, <span>hence the name ‘Orionids’. </span></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span>The Met Office told MailOnline that forecasts look good for the meteor shower’s peak. </span></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Friday evening is the best chance of seeing the Orionid meteor shower over England and Wales, where the skies will become increasingly clear as the night progresses,” said the Met Office’s senior operational meteorologist, Dr Matthew Box.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Unfortunately, Saturday night looks like it will be quite cloudy in much of the UK with far fewer breaks, so my recommendation would be for any comet watcher novice to make the most of Friday night.” <span> </span></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">According to Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Orionids is an “extra special” screen that reliably produces shooting stars that are visible around the world.</p> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">Halley’s Comet on March 8, 1986. Halley’s Comet, which left behind the sand-sized particles that the Orionids produce, orbits the inner solar system every 75 years</p> </div> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">Orionid meteor crosses over Jampayang snow mountain, Yading National Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China</p> </div> <div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sciencetech"> <h3 class="mol-factbox-title">How to see the meteor shower from the UK </h3> <div class="ins cleared mol-factbox-body"> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The Orionid meteor shower should be visible from anywhere on Earth and can be seen anywhere in the sky.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Look for the shape of Orion the Hunter, and the shower’s radiant will be near Orion’s sword to the north.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">To ensure you get the best view of the shower, stay away from light pollution, such as city lights.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The shower will be most visible around 1:30 AM on the early morning of October 20 and 21.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Experts recommend letting your eyes adjust to the dark for 20 minutes. </p> </div> </div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">They are visible in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in the hours after midnight. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The moon will also be less than 20 percent illuminated, meaning moonlight shouldn’t obscure our view of the shooting stars. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Meteors, also known as shooting stars, come from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">When comets orbit the sun, the dust they emit gradually spreads out in a dusty trail around their orbits. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Each year, Earth passes through these debris trails, causing the pieces to collide with our atmosphere, where they decompose to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">However, the events pose no threat to humans, as the objects almost always burn up in our atmosphere before reaching the Earth’s surface. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Halley’s Comet, which left behind the sand-sized particles that the Orionids produce, orbits the inner solar system every 75 years.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">It was last visible to the naked eye in 1986 and will not reappear until the summer of 2061.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">In the meantime, we’re left watching the meteor shower emanate from its “comet debris” as it flies through the atmosphere. </p> <div class="artSplitter mol-img-group"> <div class="mol-img"> <div class="image-wrap"> </div> </div> <p class="imageCaption">Meteors, also known as shooting stars, come from leftover comet particles and pieces of fractured asteroids (artist’s impression) </p> </div> <p class="mol-para-with-font">It’s one of two showers created by the debris from Halley’s Comet; the other is the Eta Aquariids in May. </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">After the Orionids, there will be a handful of meteor showers this year, including what NASA calls the “best meteor shower of the year,” the Geminids.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">This meteor shower occurs every year between December 4 and December 17, with a peak between December 13 and December 14.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Royal Observatory Greenwich says the Geminids release up to 100 shooting stars per hour, and they are thought to get more intense every year. </p> <div class="art-ins mol-factbox sciencetech"> <h3 class="mol-factbox-title">REMAINING METEOR SHOWERS IN 2022 </h3> <div class="ins cleared mol-factbox-body"> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span class="mol-style-bold sciencetech-ccox">Orionids</span>: October 21-22 – 25 per hour – Fast with fine trains</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span class="mol-style-bold sciencetech-ccox">Taurians</span>: October 10-11 (South), November 12-13 (North) – 5 per hour – Very slow</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span class="mol-style-bold sciencetech-ccox">Leonids</span>: November 17-18 – 10 per hour – Fast and clear</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span class="mol-style-bold sciencetech-ccox">Geminids</span>: December 14-15 – 150 per hour – Bright and abundant, few trains</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font"><span class="mol-style-bold sciencetech-ccox">Ursiden</span>: December 22-23 – 10 per hour – Economy shower </p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Note: data refers to the peak of each shower </p> </div> </div> </div><!-- /wp:html -->

If you are a fan of stargazing, be sure to keep an eye on the sky tonight.

A “beautiful” meteor shower called the Orionids will be visible to the naked eye Friday evening.

The Orionids occur each fall when Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley’s comet and fills the sky with “prolonged explosions of light,” NASA says.

This year, the annual shower peaks on the night of October 21 to 22 between midnight and sunrise (Friday evening to Saturday morning).

During this period, 20 shooting stars can fly over every hour, each at speeds of up to 66 kilometers per second.

The radiant for the Orionids (the point in the sky from which the meteors appear) is in the constellation Orion, hence the name ‘Orionids’

Described as “one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” the Orionids (pictured here in 2016) occur each fall when Earth passes through a stream of debris left by Halley’s Comet

What is the Orionids Meteor Shower?

The Orioinid shower is made from the remains of Halley’s Comet. The comet itself was last seen in 1986 and will not brighten Earth’s sky until 2061.

But every year, in mid- to late October, Earth passes through the comet’s dusty debris. When this happens, the sky can light up before sunrise with a stunning display of shooting stars.

People living in North America, Europe, most parts of Asia, and northern parts of South America can see the meteor shower by looking at the southeastern sky.

Those who live in the Southern Hemisphere can spot the squall by looking at the northeastern sky.

“The Orionids, which peak in mid-October each year, are considered one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” NASA said.

Orionid meteors are known for their brightness and their speed. These meteors are fast — they travel at about 148,000 miles per hour (66 km/s) in Earth’s atmosphere.

Fast meteors can leave glowing “trains” (glowing bits of debris in the meteor’s wake) that last from seconds to minutes.

“Fast meteors can sometimes turn into fireballs; look for prolonged bursts of light when viewing the Orionid meteor shower.’

To find the Orionids, members of the public must seek a spot away from street lamps and other sources of light pollution.

The meteors can be seen with the naked eye, so binoculars or telescopes are not necessary, although a period of 20 minutes is recommended to allow the eyes to adjust to the dark.

The radiant for the Orionids — the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate — is in the constellation Orion, hence the name ‘Orionids’.

The Met Office told MailOnline that forecasts look good for the meteor shower’s peak.

“Friday evening is the best chance of seeing the Orionid meteor shower over England and Wales, where the skies will become increasingly clear as the night progresses,” said the Met Office’s senior operational meteorologist, Dr Matthew Box.

“Unfortunately, Saturday night looks like it will be quite cloudy in much of the UK with far fewer breaks, so my recommendation would be for any comet watcher novice to make the most of Friday night.”

According to Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Orionids is an “extra special” screen that reliably produces shooting stars that are visible around the world.

Halley’s Comet on March 8, 1986. Halley’s Comet, which left behind the sand-sized particles that the Orionids produce, orbits the inner solar system every 75 years

Orionid meteor crosses over Jampayang snow mountain, Yading National Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province, China

How to see the meteor shower from the UK

The Orionid meteor shower should be visible from anywhere on Earth and can be seen anywhere in the sky.

Look for the shape of Orion the Hunter, and the shower’s radiant will be near Orion’s sword to the north.

To ensure you get the best view of the shower, stay away from light pollution, such as city lights.

The shower will be most visible around 1:30 AM on the early morning of October 20 and 21.

Experts recommend letting your eyes adjust to the dark for 20 minutes.

They are visible in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres in the hours after midnight.

The moon will also be less than 20 percent illuminated, meaning moonlight shouldn’t obscure our view of the shooting stars.

Meteors, also known as shooting stars, come from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids.

When comets orbit the sun, the dust they emit gradually spreads out in a dusty trail around their orbits.

Each year, Earth passes through these debris trails, causing the pieces to collide with our atmosphere, where they decompose to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.

However, the events pose no threat to humans, as the objects almost always burn up in our atmosphere before reaching the Earth’s surface.

Halley’s Comet, which left behind the sand-sized particles that the Orionids produce, orbits the inner solar system every 75 years.

It was last visible to the naked eye in 1986 and will not reappear until the summer of 2061.

In the meantime, we’re left watching the meteor shower emanate from its “comet debris” as it flies through the atmosphere.

Meteors, also known as shooting stars, come from leftover comet particles and pieces of fractured asteroids (artist’s impression)

It’s one of two showers created by the debris from Halley’s Comet; the other is the Eta Aquariids in May.

After the Orionids, there will be a handful of meteor showers this year, including what NASA calls the “best meteor shower of the year,” the Geminids.

This meteor shower occurs every year between December 4 and December 17, with a peak between December 13 and December 14.

Royal Observatory Greenwich says the Geminids release up to 100 shooting stars per hour, and they are thought to get more intense every year.

REMAINING METEOR SHOWERS IN 2022

Orionids: October 21-22 – 25 per hour – Fast with fine trains

Taurians: October 10-11 (South), November 12-13 (North) – 5 per hour – Very slow

Leonids: November 17-18 – 10 per hour – Fast and clear

Geminids: December 14-15 – 150 per hour – Bright and abundant, few trains

Ursiden: December 22-23 – 10 per hour – Economy shower

Note: data refers to the peak of each shower

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