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ORIONID METEOR SHOWER

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ORIONID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a
stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor
shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Monday, Oct. 21st, with about
20 meteors per hour. The best time to look is during the hours before local
sunrise when the constellation Orion is high in the sky. [meteor radar (http://spaceweatherradio.com/)] [sky
map] Lunar interference will be a problem during the peak. All but the brightest Orionids
will be wiped out by glare from the waning full Moon. Fortunately there are some bright ones. NASA's All Sky Fireball Network captured this Orionid fireball shining through
the moonlight over Georgia on the morning of Oct. 20th:

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/1/c/e/600_61361422.jpeg

For more information about what NASA cameras are seeing, scroll down this page to
the all-new section "All Sky Meteor Network." Meanwhile, amateur
photos of Orionds are available in the
gallery.

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