I will be honest I failed to stay awake for the last meteor shower we had back in August! So now is my chance to see the next one as over the next two nights the Orionid Meteor Shower will be at its peak. The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to rain down the greatest number of meteors before dawn on October 21st and 22nd.
The shower is visible throughout October however it is at it's clearest over the next few days. Normally you would need a telescope to view the meteor shower but through the next few days the shower should be visible to the naked eye. You may be lucky enough to view over 20 shooting stars per hour! EarthSky* has everything you need to know about Orionid Meteor Shower.
The Met Office say the shower will peak between Wednesday 21 and Thursday October 22. It might be visible from Wednesday night but our best chances of seeing it in the UK are early Thursday morning. Unfortunately this is weather dependent, if there is lots of cloud then visibility may be reduced. The Nothern Hemisphere will most likely have the best visibility.
So will you and your little ones be staying up to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower? If so we would love to hear from you on our FaceBook page and see your pictures from this amazing meteor shower. Have fun!