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    The Orionid Meteor Shower

    October 17, 2013; 11:08 AM ET

    The second meteor shower of October is right around the corner.

    The Orionid meteor shower will peak on the morning of Oct. 21, 2013. Unlike a few meteor showers this year that featured a dark sky because the moon being near its new phase, this event will occur very close to a Full moon, which will make the "shooting stars" more difficult to see.

    Image taken with permission from my favorite science website,


    The Orionid meteors originated from Halley's Comet, widely recognized as the most famous of all comets. It was last viewable in 1986. As the comet moved through space, it left behind debris in the form of bits of ice, dust and rubble that will collide with Earth's atmosphere most numerous around Oct. 20-22.

    Expect only 10-20 a hour rate, which does not compare to other meteor showers.

    So named the Orionids because they seem to originate just north of the star Betelgeuse in Orion. Usually these are really fast-moving meteors and even with the bright moonlight you could see some fireballs.

    The best viewing time is after midnight to dawn.

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