Meteor Shower Tonight October 2010?

Astronomers have snapped photos of meteors that are actually bits of Halley's Comet left behind during its long, looping, 76-year trip around the sun.
Were are going to be able to see the meteor shower peak on October 21, 2010, that's tonight.
The meteors are nicknamed the Orionids because it looks like they shoot from the second brightest star in the Orion constellation, around the hunter's elbow.

At what time will the Orionids meteor shower be more visible in the sky?

asked by Star in Astronomy & Space | 2370 views | 10-22-2010 at 03:53 AM

The best time to view the showers is about 5 am but the show should start after midnight.

Astronomer Andrew Fitzgerald says the Orionid meteor shower is brighter, faster and more prolific than other showers.
The catch this year is the there will be a full moon and the build up to that full moon may cause enough light to outshine fainter meteors.

The best place to observe the Orionid meteor shower (or any meteor shower for that matter), is somewhere dark, away from light pollution, and with the moon out of the field of vision. The less light visible, the more brilliant the meteor shower will be.

Unfortunately this week, clouds may block a good view of the meteor shower.

answered by Brandon | 10-22-2010 at 03:54 AM

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