View Full Version : Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks 2015 OCT 21/22

2015-Oct-16, 09:50 PM
The annual Orionid Meteor Shower is already underway. It is expected to peak during the night of 2015 OCT 21/ 22. Its radiant is in the constellation Orion. That is the direction toward which the meteor tails point, but the meteors are equally likely to appear anywhere in your sky. The Orionids are debris from the periodic Comet Halley.

The Orionids usually present a fine autumn shower for observers worldwide. At the peak between twenty and seventy meteors per hour may be seen by some sharp eyed folks. The show begins after Orion rises in the late evening and intensifies until morning twilight. The waxing gibbous Moon could provide moderate interference until it sets after midnight.

Descriptions of the shower or perhaps even lucky photos would be welcome additions to this thread. My calendar for the major meteor showers during this decade including Moon illumination data can be found at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids.html