Date(s) - 21/10/2020
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Annual meteor showers arise when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of between 70km to 100km, appearing to viewers around the world as shooting stars.
By determining the speed and direction at which the meteors impact the Earth, it is possible to work out the path of the stream through the Solar System and identify the comet or asteroid responsible for creating it.
The parent body responsible for creating the annual Orionid meteor shower is Halley’s Comet
Halley’s Comet takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. It will next be visible from Earth in 2061 (the last time it was visible was 1986).
The Orionids are named after Orion, as the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the same area in the sky as this constellation.
The Orionids usually peak around 20 or 21 October each year. At their peak up to 20 meteors should be visible every hour. Halley’s Comet will be nowhere near, but the Earth will be intersecting the comet’s orbit.
Join us for the Orionid Meteor Shower at 9.00pm at the Observatory. We’ll also be using our large telescopes to stargaze on the night (weather permitting).
Session starts at 9.00pm.
Tickets are priced at:
Seniors (aged 65+) and Student (with valid ID) £16.00
- Use of the telescopes for viewing the night sky is only possible when we have clear skies.
- Events go ahead in all weather conditions except where roads are impassible due to snow.
- Visit includes introductory presentation, guided stargazing and telescope tour.
Please note, all ticket sales are non-refundable.
The wearing of face masks / face coverings is mandatory whilst on SDSO premises – this applies to all visitors, with no exceptions.
A minimum of 7 days notice is required (in writing, by e-mail) if you wish to reschedule your booking. Requests to reschedule outside of this time-frame cannot be accommodated.
This event is fully booked.