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Meteor shower due over Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:43 19 October 2018

A meteor shower will appear at the end of this week.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A meteor shower will appear at the end of this week. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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A meteor shower will be visible over Norfolk at the end of this week.

The Orionids meteor shower occurs in the autumn months every year. This year’s shower will peak during the evening of October 21.

Like all meteor showers, the Orionids is caused by particles of comet debris entering our atmosphere. As they burn up the particles appear as shooting stars, creating bright streaks in the sky.

These shooting stars will be visible to the naked eye and best seen in areas with low light pollution, the most dramatic sights will visible between just before midnight on Sunday October 21 into dawn on the Monday morning.

As astronomical events are always somewhat of a waiting game, the best way to catch the meteor shower is to wrap up warm and sit in a comfy chair outside.

The Orionids meteor shower is one of the most reliable and visible showers of the year, along with the Perseids which occurred in August this year.

Will you be watching out for the meteor shower? Let us know in the comments.


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