Nationwide Orionid Watch 2021
Peaking on Thursday October 21st (all night long)should give best rates
Astronomy is one of the few areas where amateurs can make a real contribution to science. You might think that you need to be an ‘expert’ to contribute data which will have real scientific value. This could not be further from the truth.
This year Astronomy Ireland is to take part in a Nationwide Orionid Watch, where you simply count the number of meteors – or shooting stars – you see. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky!
To take part in the Nationwide Orionid Watch, simply go outside and look up! We want you to count meteors on the night of the 21st October. You can’t see any from Ireland until after 10pm but then they last until dawn (6am). Count how many meteors you see every 15 minutes (if possible, start on the hour or quarter past the hour), and note it down. Then email us your report with your name, location, and the night you observed. For example, a normal report would be as follows: Name: Joe Bloggs
Location: Kinsale, Co. Cork
11:30 – 11:45: 12 meteors
11:45 – 00:00: 8 meteors
00:00 – 00:15: 17 meteors
Email your meteor report to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, the best night to watch is the night of Thursday October 21st, but you can observe on any night around this date. You also do not need a telescope or any special equipment to view the Orionids.