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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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21:00 [21:30-23:00] ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER
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Peak on: Saturday 22nd October 2011 at 14h41 / Hourly rate: 30 / Direction: NE Orionids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 1P Halley. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a Orionids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Saturday night the 22nd October 2011 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet. How to view the Orionids Go outside, find a dark spot and look NE near the constelation of Orion for the Orionids radiant. The best time to view the Orionids is from around midnight to dawn. They are fast and sometimes bright with some trains. You should be able to see 30 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The Orionids meteor shower is active from the 2nd Oct to 7th Nov with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

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