Is that a Meteor No, its the Moon

Meteor Shower October 2021

On Friday 22 October, 40 students across years 7, 8 and 9 gathered for the annual Orionid Meteor shower.

The Orionids are dust fragments from the trail of Haley’s Comet, which only passes Earth once every 75 years.

All the students snuggled down on the AstroTurf, to observe the Orionids, but instead observed the spectacular moon, with a rainbow around it called a moon ring or winter halo, which forms as direct sunlight or moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

As the evening progressed, any dark sky was quickly occluded by thick cloud . A few small meteors were seen by a some of us, through cloud and cloud openings, but nothing like it would have been, if the sky was clear.

Never mind, the students were very happy chatting, eating and drinking the hot chocolate made by Ms Kapila! All in all, a good, safe night out.

Thanks to all the staff involved, who gave up their Friday evening.

Mr Aldridge, Ms. Takeuchi, Ms Krishnan, Mr Green, Rev. Christopher Ramsay, and Jim Morris.




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