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Viewing Conditions for the Orionids Meteor Shower

By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 21, 2013; 12:47 AM ET
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The Orionids meteor shower peaks around dawn on Monday with the best viewing conditions across a large part of the East Coast and the western United States.

But that does not mean that other parts of the country won't have a chance to view the meteors, which are part of the debris from Halley's Comet, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said.

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"The Tennessee Valley into the mid-Atlantic states and into most of New England should have pretty good views," Mussoline said. The same can be said for central Texas.

The exception in the West will be along the immediate coast and even up into Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., where clouds and fog are expected, Mussoline said.

Poor conditions are expected in the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes as some snow and rain move through.

"Very poor conditions will be in southern Texas from Houston into the Deep South. It will be mostly cloudy," Mussoline said.

The southeast U.S. will have marginal viewing conditions, and there will be mostly cloudy skies just east of the Rockies.

There will be about 15 meteors an hour at the peak. Look to the southeast about dawn for the display.

One potential fly in the ointment is the waning gibbous moon in close proximity to the constellation Orion, possibly obscuring the meteors' display just days after the Oct. 18 full moon.

The Orionids were discovered in 1839, but are probably around 2,200 years old. They hit the atmosphere at more than 132,000 mph.

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