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2012 Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

6:08 PM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The annual Orionid Meteor Shower will peak this weekend.

The best place to view the meteors (shooting stars) will be in a rural area away from city lights. More meteors tend to fly after midnight and before dawn. Don't worry you will still be able to view some meteors before midnight, but the frequency may not be as high.

You can expect to see as many as 25 meteors in an hour which equals out to about one meteor every few minutes.  The best viewing for this year's Orionid Meteor Shower will be before dawn on Sunday morning.

The Orionid Meteor shower is the result of the earth passing through the debris field left behind by Halley's Comet. As the debris from the comet enters the earth's atmosphere it vaporizes, leaving tiny fireballs streaking across the sky.

While the shooting stars can be seen across most of the night sky if you trace the streaks back to where they begin it will appear as though they are originating from one point. This point is located near the constellation Orion.  The relatively close apparent origin to the constellation Orion is how the Orionids got their name.

Weather conditions will be perfect for viewing the Orionids with mostly clear skies. Low temperatures Saturday and Sunday morning will be in the low-middle 40s.

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