Looking South East around Midnight
Orionid Meteor Shower 2018 – Everyone loves a good meteor shower and we have at least one every month starting in October through to January.
Early in October we had the Draconid Meteor Shower, which could have almost become a meteor storm. According to NASA the earth just missed a very dense part of the showers debris stream. We will have to wait another year to see if this minor shower will become a storm.
Now the Draconids are over, we can look forward to the Orionid Meteor shower – also known as the Orionids.
The Orionid Meteor Shower occurs annually from early October through to early November. Peak activity being on the evening of 21/ 22 October.
Unlike the Perseids in August and Geminids in December, the Orionids are a minor shower with around 10 to 20 meteors per hour.
What causes the Orionid Meteor Shower
The Orionids, as with all the other annual meteor showers are caused by a comet. While the only exception to this being the Geminids in December. Its origins in contrast coming from an asteroid.
Famous Halley’s Comet spawned the Orionids due to the dust and debris ...