Published 6: 28 PM, Sunday October 20 (GMT 1)
If you’re into your stars and space, you’re in luck this weekend, because the Orionid meteor shower is making an appearance.
It happens once a year and the show will see trailed meteors aka shooting stars light up the sky. They’re so bright that you can see them with the naked eye, so no need for any fancy equipment.
Meteor showers happen when bits of debris from asteroids and comets come free and fly through the sky. They hit the atmosphere at extremely high speeds of about 41 miles per second (that’s pretty fast), and then burn up, which creates the shooting star look.
The Orionid meteors are made of material from the famous Halley’s Comet. It orbits the sun on a 75 year cycle, but bits of is are scattered along the router. Every October or November, Earth passes through it.
Meteor showers are when chunks of debris from asteroids or comets soar across the sky .
The Royal Observatory Greenwich says: “The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe.
“Some People view the shower as extra special as the meteors are actually pieces of Comet 1P / Halley, famously known as Halley’s comet.
“The famous comet swings by the earth only once every 75 to 76 years but this annual shower provides some com pensation for those who may miss that once in a lifetime event.
Given they are on cyclical orbits, meteor showers are easy to predict, so we know when the best times to see them are.
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