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The Orionids

20 Oct

The radiant of the Orionids is located between the constellations Orion and Gemini (in the south-eastern sky before dawn, as viewed from mid-northern latitudes. The most active time of the meteor shower will be in the early morning of October 21, 6 a.m. EST.

It is not nearly as active as the crappy Persied meteor shower from August ( during a full moon..not much to see ) and in a dark clear night you COULD see up to 25 meteors per hour…or be like me and see something out of the corner of my eye and turn my head in time to miss the meteor…everytime. It is nearly a full moon for this shower with the moon rising just after midnight..stealing some light..so get out early and hope for the best!

Most of this info is from wikipedia..but there are no actual meteors on that website..they are only in the sky!

and

..sort of looks like orion at a disco..

…and I was up at 5:30..one of the perks of having a young dog..the conditons were not great due to the moon as I mentioned..hard to stand still and look for meteors with Loki as she is constantly trying to pull your arm off with the leash. So much to learn! Hopefully tonight will be better as I can sleep in tomorrow and stay out more during the night.
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in fun

 

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