Meteor shower over Norfolk october 2018

Mindy Sparks
October 20, 2018

STARGAZERS are in for a treat this week with a large meteor shower. That will keep the marine layer away from the coast, making it easier to see the night sky. They are framed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, adding to their spectacle.

"You can see pieces of Halley's Comet during the Eta Aquarids (which take place in May) and the Orionid meteor shower (in October and November)", said Cooke.

Astronomers suggest trying to view the shower in the early morning after the moon has set. The moon will set around 5 a.m.

This meteor shower will be visible from everywhere on planet Earth, and you can best spot meteors between midnight and dawn if you find Orion the Hunter in the sky and look slightly to the north of Orion's sword.

View from an area with low light pollution.


Avoid looking at light sources, such as cellphone screens. During its peak, there are 15 meteors per hour, lasting until dawn.

Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids.

The shower occurs every October when Earth passes through debris from Halley's Comet.

The Orionids are remnants of Haley's Comet, one of the most famous comets, which last flew Earth in 1986.

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