Orionids meteor shower 2022: when do they peak in Edinburgh, weather forecast and how to watch

Stargazers will keep their eyes on the skies this week in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Orionids meteor shower.

The annual Orionid meteor shower will be visible this week and Edinburgh might be able to catch a glimpse of the dazzling event. It originates from Halley’s Comet and the radiant of the shower lies in the constellation of Orion.

As  Halley’s Comet follows its path around our Sun, a trail of cometary debris is left behind and as the Earth passes through this debris trail, bits of comet collide with our atmosphere producing fiery streaks across the sky. It’s likely that the cosmic fireworks will be visible in the places across Edinburgh with the least light pollution.

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To catch some of the show your best bet is trying when it’s most active. According to The Royal Observatory, under optimal viewing conditions, observers might be able to see around 25 meteors per hour. Viewing conditions will be good this year with relatively little moonlight, so keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

The Orionids Meteor Shower will peak between October 21 and 22 from midnight until dawn. However, the cosmic fireworks will be visible for a number of days on each side of the peak.

If you miss your chance at catching a glimpse of the shower during its peak, you need not worry, the shower will be active until November 7. However, it will be at a reduced rate so be patient when looking to the sky.

How to see the Orionids Meteor Shower from Edinburgh

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The Royal Observatory says that to be in with the best chance of spotting some meteors you should: “head to a dark sky location and aim your gaze about 45 degrees away from the constellation Orion. Remember to wrap up warm, especially if you’re going to be outside in the early hours of the morning.”

NASA adds that your eyes should begin to adapt to the darkness and you should be able to see the meteors. You may have to wait a while but this will give you your best chance at catching a glimpse!

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What is the Met Office weather forecast for Edinburgh?

Thursday

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Thursday will be cloudy with periods of rain and drizzle. The day will become drier and brighter from the west throughout the late morning. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 13°C.

The most dramatic meteor showers see thousands of shooting stars streak across the night sky every hour.
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Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Friday and Saturday will be cloudy with some rain at times. Conditions are expected to be mistry around eastern coasts also. The rain will die out for a time on Sunday morning before rain spreads further North.