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Monday, 20 October 2008

Orionid Meteor Watch

Space Weather News for Oct. 20, 2008

ORIONID METEOR WATCH: If you wake up before sunrise on Tuesday, Oct. 21st, set aside 15 minutes or so to watch the sky around Orion.  You might see some meteors.  The annual Orionid meteor shower, caused by dusty debris from Halley's Comet, is peaking today and tomorrow.  Little was expected of this year's display because a bright Moon is hanging in the pre-dawn sky, causing an interfering glare.  Surprisingly, however, sky watchers on Oct. 20th witnessed 15 or more Orionids per hour, many of them brighter than first magnitude stars.  If this stronger-than-expected display spills into Tuesday, you might be glad to wake up early.  Check for updates and a sky map.

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