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Orionids Meteor Shower 2012 Peak: Share Your Photos of Stillwater's Night Sky

If you get outside and take photos of the Orionids Meteor Shower this weekend in Stillwater, please share them with us by uploading them to this post.

The Orionids Meteor Shower will peak this weekend.

Shooting stars will be flying early in the morning, but it sounds like it's a show worth watching.

Earth passes through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet through Sunday, Oct. 21, which gives us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower, though you probably won't see much until the recent cloudy conditions move on.

Stargazing forecasts say skies over Stillwater should be good for viewing this weekend.

The shower should be at its peak the night of Saturday, Oct. 20, until just before dawn on Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at about midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that -- barring cloud cover -- you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

What makes this shower so cool?

First, c'mon -- it's a show of shooting stars.

Also there's no question about where to look for this one. Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. So just look for Orion the Hunter.

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and then, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see -- well, aside from the sun.

Something else special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

Meteor showers are obviously best viewed at an observatory or a dark place, but remember not to trespass, parks close at 10 p.m.

Space.com has these tips and more:

Get as far away from city and other artificial lights as possible. Meteor showers are best viewed in really dark skies. Try to keep the moon out of your field of vision, too.

Be patient. It may take your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the light and see the meteors.

You don’t need binoculars or a telescope – that will only limit the amount of sky you can see.

Ashley Ramirez October 20, 2012 at 05:22 AM
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