Meteor shower forecast for New Zealand this weekend

Piel Isalnd and Meteor GRAHAM KIDD

This meteor shower is famous because it derives from material trailing behind the best-known comet, Comet 1P/Halley.

Meteor showers can be spectacular to observe and, thankfully for amateur astronomers, often can be predictable.

The moon is barely past its "New" phase.

"Orionid meteors often leave longer trails than Perseid meteors, and have a more-pronounced bluish colour". Its [peak] could be within a day either side of this date and is most visible at midnight and a few hours before dawn.

How can I see the Orionid Meteor Shower?

The Orionids aren't as prolific as the Geminids or Perseids, but they are very bright because of the angle at which they enter our atmosphere.




Mr Kerss said: 'There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Lie flat on your back with your feet facing southeast if you are in the Northern Hemisphere or northeast if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible". These "shooting stars" will become more numerous during the peak with an average of 10-20 per hour this year.

So find a dark spot, bring out your blankets and enjoy one of Mother Nature's best light shows.

And, if you're out with your camera this weekend, feel free to send in your photos of shooting start - if you're quick enough to catch them that is!

Find a wide, open spot so you have a completely unobstructed view with no buildings or trees.

Where's the best place to watch meteor showers in the UK? The constellation is placed in the sky above Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. This year's shower should be aided by the lack of harsh moonlight. City lights "pollute" your view.

Rick Saunders, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, suggested amateur astronomers head out into local wildlife areas.

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