Orionid Time

Comet Halley doesn’t visit often  ( 1910, 1986, again in 2061 ). Not to be forgotten, every October delivers the Orionid meteor shower – an annual event marked by Earth intersecting the orbit of Halley’s dust trail. Dust being tiny particles of ice and debris left in the wake as Halley hurtles through space. Dubbed “Orionids” because “shooting stars” streak from constellation Orion. This year the Orionids peak on October 20-21 in the northern hemisphere.

2014 is a good year for Orionid views – a cooperative waning crescent moon will rise just before dawn. Provided skies are clear, moonlight won’t compete with falling star twinkles. Orionids reliably deliver around 25 sightings an hour. Indulge just before dawn, far away from cities and light pollution.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/orionid-meteors-are-debris-from-famous-comet-halley?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=ac7ebc8f32-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-ac7ebc8f32-393970565

The Orionids radiate from a point near the upraised Club of the constellation Orion the Hunter.  The bright star near the radiant point is Betelgeuse.

The Orionids radiate from a point near the upraised Club of the constellation Orion the Hunter. The bright star near the radiant point is Betelgeuse.

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3 thoughts on “Orionid Time

  1. So, according to Brazilian and Argentinian footballers who are currently in China, and coughing like nutters because of air pollution, Beijing might not be the best city in the world to go Stargazing?
    Saw Haley’s comet ( briefly) down here in SA in ’86

    • I wouldn’t think many night wonders penetrate the cloud over Beijing. Happy to learn you laid eyes on Halley. I’m always the one talking about these events and sadly the one who misses out. 🙂

      • We drove out of Jo’burg specifically and spent a weekend at a campsite named Utopia.
        The other thing I remember about that weekend was the frakking huge spider that had spun its web between the two thatched chalets we were staying in!

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