Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: Orionid Meteor Shower

On Wednesday morning (late Tuesday night), be sure to watch for the Orionid meteor shower. I love this photo of an Orionid meteor because you can also see the Orion Nebula and associated stellar cool-ness to the lower left:

Click the image to see the story. Photo by Rich Swanson. Guided shot with Canon 20dh, 400 ASA, 2-minute exposure.

The Orionids flash across the sky near the constellation Orion this time each year when the Earth passes through an area of space littered with debris from Halley's comet. The shower usually produces 10-20 meteors per hour, but it's been giving us as many as 60 per hour over the past few years. Here's where to look in the sky:

Click the image to see the story.

Tags: astronomy

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