2021 Orionids

Peaks: 21-22 October after midnight, before dawn

Hampered by the full Moon, the Orionid meteor shower this year will produce about 10-20 meteors per hour in the early morning hours of October 22.

Active:

1 October to 6 November

Observing conditions
poor
From United Kingdom
Shower is visible
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Orionid meteor shower is the second one produced by Comet Halley. The first one is Eta Aquarids in May.

Sometimes producing long bright fireballs, which may be able to overcome the moonlit glare.

Generally considered low to a medium strength meteor shower, sometimes we see heightened activity. In 2006-2009, the peak rates were comparable to the largest shower Perseids. But in 2021 we expect normal activity.



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