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ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER

Peak on: Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 15h17 / Hourly rate: 30 / 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 22nd October 2015 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 30 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.

<< 2015 >>METEOR SHOWERRate/Hr PEAK  LOOKCONSTELATIONPARENT COMET
03-Jan-2015Quadrantids120  23h05  -BootesAsteroid 2003 EH 1
08-Feb-2015alpha Centaurids7  18h58  SECentaurus
15-Mar-2015eta Virginids2  04h57  EVirgoComet D / 1766 G1 (Helfenzrieder)
06-Apr-2015kappa Serpentids4  02h49  NECorona Borealis
23-Apr-2015Lyrids18  03h53  NNELyraComet C / 1861 G1 Thatcher
24-Apr-2015pi Puppids20  00h48  SWPuppisComet 26P Grigg-Skjellerup
08-May-2015eta Aquariids85  02h08  EAquariusComet 1P Halley
10-May-2015eta Lyrids7  08h43  NNELyraComet C / 1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
28-Jun-2015Bootids10  14h28  -BootesComet 7P Pons-Winnecke
29-Jul-2015South. delta Aquariids20  07h35  EAquarius
30-Jul-2015alpha Capricornids4  18h44  ECapricornusComet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
04-Aug-2015South. iota Aquariids2  16h38  EAquarius
13-Aug-2015Perseids110  13h12  -PerseusComet 109P Swift-Tuttle
18-Aug-2015kappa Cygnids3  18h21  -Cygnus
01-Sep-2015alpha Aurigids10  05h52  -AurigaComet C / 1911 N1 Kiess
03-Oct-2015Capricornids2  12h55  ECapricornusComet D / 1978 R1 (Haneda-Campos)
06-Oct-2015Camelopardalids40  10h51  -Chamaeleon
09-Oct-2015Draconids10  07h41  -DracoComet 21P Giacobini-Zinner
22-Oct-2015Orionids30  15h17  NEOrionComet 1P Halley
07-Nov-2015Northern Taurids4  01h13  NETaurusAsteroid 2004 TG10
07-Nov-2015Southern Taurids7  01h13  NETaurusComet 2P Encke
18-Nov-2015Leonids115  12h41  NELeoCommet 55P / Tempel-Tuttle
22-Nov-2015alpha Monocerotids4  06h27  ENEMonoceros
14-Dec-2015Geminids120  17h12  NNEGeminiAsteroid 3200 Phaethon
23-Dec-2015Ursids10  11h31  -Ursa MinorComet 8P Tuttle
26-Dec-2015Comae Berenicids5  10h12  NEComa Berenicis

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