Dust from Halley’s Comet to produce shooting star spectacle in skies above Bedfordshire

Dust from Halley’s Comet is set to produce an amazing night-time spectacle with up to 20 shooting stars an hour in the skies above Bedfordshire tonight (Tuesday October 20).

Tuesday, 20th October 2015, 12:36 pm
The Orionid meteor shower will reach its peak this week. Photo: David Lowndes

The Orionids meteor shower, visible until 7 November with the peak being around the nights of 20/21 October. At its peak, up to 20 meteors are visible every hour.

The meteors can be seen from around 9pm onwards but will be most visible after the moon sets at about midnight.

Stargazers across the county could be in for a real treat too with the skies set to be nice and clear.

A Met Office spokesman urged residents to wrap up warm, go outside, lie back and look up.

The spokesman added: “To see the meteor shower, you don’t need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment – all you need is your eyes.

“Find a spot away from bright lights and let your eyes get used to the dark – this will take about 15 to 20 minutes.”

“Orionid meteors are known to be very fast, travelling at about 41 miles per second, and typically on the faint side, although with clear, dark skies you still have a good chance of spotting one with its persistent, long trail.

“The Orionid meteor shower is named as such because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion, which is one of the most visible and recognisable in the sky throughout the world.”