Good Viewing This Weekend: Orionid Meteor Shower

Don’t forget that on Oct. 21, the annual Orionid meteor shower will hit its peak, offering stargazers a change to see dust from the famed Halley’s Comet light up the night sky. The meteors are debris from this comet that enter Earth’s atmosphere and vaporize as they fall. Experts said that the best viewing will be before dawn on Oct. 20th and before dawn on Oct. 21st. That holds true no matter what time-zone you’re in. You may be able to see as many as 20 meteors per hour.

We’re hoping to do a bit of star gazing — weather permitting, of course!

Photo: Orionid at Death Valley, CA  from Wikimedia Commons

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  1. by Twisted Cinderella

    On October 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

    That is cool, I never knew that.