Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!

The Orionid meteors are debris left behind by that most famous comet, Halley. Every year, sometime during the month of October we pass through Haley's orbital path. Although not the year's most spectacular shower, you can expect to see about 15 to 20 meteors per hour during its peak this weekend. Orionid meteors are fast and usually on the faint side, but the Orionids can sometimes surprise you with an exceptionally bright meteor that might break up into fragments.

Orionid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Orion the Hunter, hence the name. However, you don’t need to know where Orion is to see these meteors. They radiate out from Orion appearing

All you need to enjoy this weekends sky show is to find a clear, dark, open bit sky. Pull up a law chair or blanket and gaze up at the wonders of the sky!

Earth and Sky