Shooting stars

Hundreds of shooting stars will be lighting up Britain’s skies this month

Get your wish ready!

By Charlotte Brouwer, 06 October 2016
Hundreds of shooting stars will be lighting up Britain’s skies this month

Ever wanted to wish upon a shooting star? How about wishing upon a hundred shooting stars?

Amazingly, you could see up to 20 shooting stars per hour this October – thanks to the Orionid meteor shower, also known as ‘Halley’s comet’.

The dust from Halley's Comet will produce an amazing meteor shower throughout October that should be visible across most of Britain – so fingers crossed for clear skies!

Halley's Comet hasn’t been visible from Earth since 1986, but pieces of the space rock can still be seen every autumn, when the Earth intersects with the comet’s orbit around October 20-22 every year. 

Pieces of the comet disintegrate in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, nearly 60 miles up, creating the spectacular fireworks display.

The Met Office has confirmed that this year the Orionid meteor shower will be visible from 2 October to 7 November, peaking on 20 October. The best time to see the shooting stars is between midnight and dawn on October 21 and October 22. 

Good luck stargazers, and don’t forget to make a wish (or 20).