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Updated29-Sep-2016 21:35 
 

ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER

Peak on: Friday 21st October 2016 at 06h58 / Hourly rate: 15 / Direction: NE
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Orionids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 1P Halley. These small dust grains (meteoroids) are distributed along the parent comet's orbit concentrated close to the comet nucleus with fewer grains farther away from the nucleus. Every time the Earth passes through this stream of dust particles (i.e. meteor stream), we experience what is known as a Orionids meteor shower. These brief streaks of light from meteors, sometimes called "shooting stars", peak on Thursday night the 20th October 2016 when earth moves through the center of the dust trail left behind by the comet.

How to view the Orionids

Go outside, find a dark spot and look north-east near the constelation of Orion for the Orionids radiant. Meteor showers are strictly for night owls or early risers. The best time to view the Orionids is from around midnight to dawn. They are fast and sometimes bright with some trains. You should be able to see 15 streaks an hour or more during the peak. The Orionids meteor shower is active from the 2nd Oct to 7th Nov with fewer activity either side of the peak time.

Meteor Shower List

Of particular interest to solar system dynamics is the association of a parent (source) body with a specific meteor stream. The following meteor shower table lists known meteor streams in chronological order of peak activity. In addition to the name of the meteor stream and time of peak activity, the associated parent body (where known) is also shown.

<< 2016 >>METEOR SHOWERRate/Hr PEAK  LOOKCONSTELATIONPARENT COMET
04-Jan-2016Quadrantids120  05h14  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
09-Feb-2016alpha Centaurids7  01h07  SECentaurus
14-Mar-2016eta Virginids2  11h06  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
05-Apr-2016kappa Serpentids4  08h58  NECorona Borealis
22-Apr-2016Lyrids18  10h02  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
23-Apr-2016pi Puppids20  06h57  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
05-May-2016eta Aquariids40  21h34  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
09-May-2016eta Lyrids7  14h52  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
27-Jun-2016Bootids10  20h37  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
30-Jul-2016South. delta Aquariids16  00h53  EAquarius
30-Jul-2016alpha Capricornids4  00h53  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
03-Aug-2016South. iota Aquariids2  22h47  EAquarius
12-Aug-2016Perseids150  14h37  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2016kappa Cygnids3  00h30  -Cygnus
31-Aug-2016alpha Aurigids10  12h01  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
02-Oct-2016Capricornids2  19h04  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
05-Oct-2016Camelopardalids40  17h00  -Chamaeleon
08-Oct-2016Draconids10  13h50  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
21-Oct-2016Orionids15  06h58  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
06-Nov-2016Northern Taurids4  07h22  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
06-Nov-2016Southern Taurids7  07h22  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
17-Nov-2016Leonids15  16h35  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
21-Nov-2016alpha Monocerotids4  12h36  ENEMonoceros
13-Dec-2016Geminids120  22h15  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
22-Dec-2016Ursids10  17h40  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
25-Dec-2016Comae Berenicids5  16h21  NEComa Berenicis

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