Spectacular Orionid meteor shower could be visible from Longford tonight

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What causes the Orionid meteor shower? .

She told Broadsheet, "The Orionid meteor shower (which takes its names from the constellation Orion) will appear from October 2 to November 7 but will be the most prolific on October 21". Scientists believe that the Orionids are on a 12-year cycle, which last peaked in 2006, when the shower was as strong as the Perseids.

Plan to stay up late though, as peak displays will hit between midnight and dawn each night.

Space.com notes how, "The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet".

Check the lunar calendar before the event, as if the moon is too bright during its full or gibbous phase, it may obscure the view.

The Orionid meteor shower is active throughout October, but the best time to see it will be this weekend, with October 22 the most opportune night.

"If you can get away from city lights tonight, our weather should cooperate for watching these meteors". The meteors themselves don't really show up until they have moved roughly 30 degrees from the radiant point.

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The Orionids are meteors that originate from the dust left behind by Halley's Comet.

With meteor showers you must be prepared to wait, so star gazers are advised to bring something to sit or lie down on.

"Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east".

Meteor showers can be spectacular to observe and, thankfully for amateur astronomers, often can be predictable. And what's your best chance of seeing it?

If the skies are clear enough, you could witnesses up to 20 shooting stars an hour.

Just make sure you head to somewhere remote, with no light pollution or tall buildings/trees in the way.

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