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Orionid Meteor Shower

The annual Orionid Meteor Shower, derived from material left by repeated passages of Comet Halley, runs from October 4 to November 14. It peaks after midnight on October 22, when the sky overhead is moving directly into the densest region of the particle field. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but will be moving in a direction away from a location (the radiant) above the bright red star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion. Orionids are known for being not too prolific (the Zenith Hourly Rate is only 25), but bright. Unfortunately for this year, the Moon will be near Last Quarter around the peak evenings, and will be sitting near the radiant.

Stargazing News for this week (from October 16) by Chris Vaughan.

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