When is the Orionids Meteor Shower and How Can I See Shooting Stars From Halley’s Comet?


Halley’s Comet has not been visible from Earth since 1986, but pieces of glowing space rock can still be seen every autumn when the Earth intersects with the comet’s orbit.

The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley’s Comet – the other is the Eta Aquarids in May.

The spectacular celestial fireworks displays are created when pieces of the comet disintegrate in Earth’s upper atmosphere, nearly 60 miles up.



The best time to see the Orionids is tonight and the coming days, between midnight and dawn.

If the sky is clear you could see up to 25 shooting stars an hour, travelling at around 41 miles per second. However this year, the light of the moon may make it more difficult to see.


It’s best to find a dark spot, away from cities and light pollution.

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