Orionid meteor shower at peak tonight

October 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Stargazers should get a good show tonight anytime after midnight from the Orionid meteor shower in the predawn hours Wednesday, weather permitting.  Occurring from October 17th through October 25th, the showers will peak at about 20 meteors per hour on October 21st, 2 hours before dawn. The Orionids are so named because the meteors appear to radiate from near the constellation Orion, aka the Hunter. This annual meteor shower is created when Earth passes through trails of comet debris left in space long ago by Halley’s Comet. If you are able to see all the stars in the Little Dipper constellation, you should have ideal viewing conditions to see a shooting star every 5 to 10 minutes.

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  1. cj on October 20th, 2009 5:06 pm

    woo hoo! i’m f’ing psyched!

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