Kiwis witness 'stunning' meteor shower

The meteor shower from Red Rocks, Wellington.
The meteor shower from Red Rocks, Wellington. Photo credit: Reef Stewart

Kiwis around the country have been awed by Saturday night's Orionid meteor shower, with one stargazer saying it's the best they've ever seen.

The Orionid shower occurs every year in October, and is caused by debris from Halley's Comet coming into the Earth's atmosphere.

This year the moon headed into a New Moon phase as it hit, making for a great view of the shower.

Wellingtonian Reef Stewart caught a glimpse of the meteor shower from "probably the best spot in New Zealand" - Red Rocks.

The meteor shower from Red Rocks, Wellington.
The meteor shower from Red Rocks, Wellington. Photo credit: Reef Stewart

"The meteor shower was great, bright, and beautiful. It was stunning!" Reef said.

"I go stargazing quite often but I've never seen something this beautiful ever before."

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