Meteor Shower Saturday and Sunday Nights

October 20, 2012
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Folks in our area have great visibility for Saturday night’s Orionid meteor shower. Don’t be surprised if you see some glowing fireballs, falling stars, or meteors falling through the sky overnight.  It is called the “Orionid” meteor shower because many of the meteors look like they are originating from the Orion constellation.  This is occurring because the earth is passing through some dust and debris from the tail of Halley’s Comet. It will be good viewing tonight, because the moon is waxing, which means its sliver will produce very little moonlight.  Mainly clear skies across the region will also help in visability. The shower will occur between midnight and 6:00 am (Saturday into Sunday morning). It will begin to peak around 3:00 am., with up to 25 meteors per hour.

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