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60 Minutes With The Orionids

16 Oct 2018, 19:54 UTC
60 Minutes With The Orionids
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Orionid meteors stream from a point in the sky just above the bright, red supergiant star Betelgeuse in Orion. Typically 15 meteors are visible per hour at maximum which occurs on the mornings of Oct. 21 and 22. Stellarium
The Orionids, a minor but always reliable meteor shower, peaks this coming weekend. Under a dark sky you can up to 15 meteors an hour and sometimes more. Because Orion doesn’t really crest the horizon until midnight, the best viewing times begin a couple hours before dawn. This year, when the constellation culminates in the southern sky. That happens around 5 a.m. local time or about an hour before the start of morning twilight.
You may have already heard that the waxing gibbous moon will brighten the sky and pose a problem for the Orionids. Moonlight and meteors never mix well, since a bright moon washes out the fainter ones, and there are always more faint flashes than bright ones.
An Orionid meteor slashes across the top of the frame directly above the constellation Orion during the 2014 shower. Details: 24mm lens, f/2.8, 30-seconds at ISO 1600. Bob King
But there’s a way around this. From many locations the moon sets ...

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