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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.

Best,
Chris

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xjenavivex
Oct. 19th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I love these posts. Thank you!
mckitterick
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Happy to do it, especially on this Year of Astronomy. And it's nice to balance my other (less uplifting) post for today.
xjenavivex
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link.
rowanda380
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
not so random commenter
wow, thanks for letting me know...I might just have to check this out.
mckitterick
Oct. 19th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: not so random commenter
Meteor showers reward patience. A nice lawn chair, friends, and a warm beverage all enhance the experience.
rowanda380
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: not so random commenter
sounds like the perfect evening :0)
pamelonian
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I am up before sunrise every day. Thanks for giving me a reason to look forward to it on Wednesday!
mckitterick
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Great! Your best bet is to get up a little earlier than usual. I wish they had stated a best time, so give yourself some leisure.
mcchambers
Oct. 20th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
we saw a couple meteors Saturday night. Forerunners I presume
mckitterick
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Neat! Yup, I bet they're stragglers.
siro_gravity
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
So am I supposed to be able to see the constellations in the bottom image expressed in the real stars in the top image? because i can't see it at all. :(

I'm up late night but it is so cloudy here it kinda doesn't matter. :(
mckitterick
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
In the photo, the meteor is sorta shooting out of Orion's bow. The two long, red streaks in the drawing mark the left edge of the photo. I hope that helps!
siro_gravity
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
k, i'm positive i got the bow. did i circle the other stars right? my circles don't match the proportions on the drawing, but i don't see what else it could be. i also wondered if that super shiny cluster was the belt, but i don't think so. i never saw these things in the sky very well.

mckitterick
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! Also, below the belt is the sword, and in the middle of it is a glow-ey spot that, when magnified, looks like this:


Click the image to see the wiki article.
siro_gravity
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
:O
omg, that thing is total eye candy!!! thank you for showing me!
mckitterick
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
It's probably my favorite deep-sky object. I mean, geez, what's not to love!
jeanineers
Oct. 21st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Random response
mckitterick
Oct. 21st, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Re: Random response
That is so awesome! I've been playing with the site for a while now....
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