First pictures of shooting stars as Orionid Meteor Shower reaches peak

These are the first awe-inspiring pictures of shooting stars blazing across the night sky as part of the Orionid Meteor Shower.

Stargazers across the world stayed up to witness the event as the meteor shower, which started on October 2, peaked this evening.

In the right places, amateur astronomers should be able to spot up to 20 meteors an hour until the show ends at dawn.

Sightings have been reported on social media – and excited Twitter users have shared pictures of the phenomenon with their followers.

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One user, from the Philippines, tweeted: "Stayed up all night for the Orionid meteor shower and it was worth it!!!!


Another stargazer posted an incredible picture of the meteor shower in Lumban, Laguna, the Philippines.

The shower is expected to peak in the early hours of this morning.

The pieces of space debris that interact with our atmosphere to create the Orionids originate from comet 1P/Halley.

Each time that Halley returns to the inner solar system, its nucleus sheds ice and rocky dust into space.

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