Dust from Halley’s Comet to produce shooting star spectacle tonight

Don't miss the meteor shower
Don't miss the meteor shower

Dust from Halley’s Comet is set to produce an amazing night-time spectacle in the skies above Northumberland.

The Orionids meteor shower, visible until November 7 with the peak being around tonight and tomorrow night (October 20/21). At its peak, up to 20 meteors will be visible every hour.

But cloud is set to thicken tonight to obscure the view later on. The Met Office forecast predicts rain arriving across much of the area near midnight, some heavy, accompanied with some gusty winds. Cloud will lower later in the night, with foggy conditions over many hills.

The peak of the shower is Wednesday night into Thursday morning – and that looks like the best day in terms of the weather as well to view the spectacle.

By Thursday morning, rain clears away and it will be mainly dry. There will be some cloud but gaps should appear particularly for eastern England and Scotland.

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

Stargazers across YOUR AREA will be hoping for clear skies.

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.”

If you capture the meteor shower on camera, email northumberland.gazette@jpress.co.uk