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Field Observations: Orionid Meteor Shower

Field Observations: Orionid Meteor Shower

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 21 October 2019



2009 Orionids
2009 composite of Orionid Meteor Shower, NASA.
The false-color images above are composite images from 2009 Orionids meteor shower observations, as seen in the skies over Huntsville, Ala. Credit to NASA.


Field Observations

Orionid Neteor Shower,
In the Sky, October 21, 2019.


The Orionid Meteor Shower happens when the Earth passes through the debris trail left in the orbital path of Haley's Comet.

Dates & Peak
"...will be active from 2 October to 7 November, producing its peak rate of meteors around 21 October."

"...a chance of seeing Orionid meteors whenever the shower's radiant point – in the constellation Orion – is above the horizon, with the number of visible meteors increasing the higher the radiant point is in the sky."

West Coast
"...the shower will not be visible before around 22:20 each night, when its radiant point rises above your eastern horizon. It will then remain active until dawn breaks around 06:47. The shower is likely produce its best displays in the hours around 05:00 PDT, when its radiant point is highest in the sky."


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