Thursday, October 19, 2006

Skywatch Alert - Meteors!

I've that sinking feeling it may be too cloudy (read polluted) to get any good view of this, the Orionid Meteor Shower which peaks from Oct. 20-24.  Halley's Comet adds a trace to the earth's mass every October (these are very ancient particles from that comet).  As for direction you need only look for the darkest area of the sky and stay fixed.  This isn't a partcular showy event this year, Orionids travel very fast, but if you get to view it, it's lovely to see. 

Orion produces up to 20 meteors visible every hour before dawn from the 20th to the 24th and given good sky conditions, those interested will definitely enjoy it.  Since the moon is new this year, it will be absent from the morning sky and cause less hinderance to sightings.

The Orions are very ancient.  They are actually debris left by Halley's comet, and the first recorded one was by the Chinese in 288 A.D. 

There's just so much to our known Universe, things we aren't aware are happening as they do.  Events that will easily shape our future are taking place right now, out there in the vast still-unknown.  What is known can be a true wonder to be part of. 

Basic info coutesy Skywatcher - Sky & Telescope

 

 

 

 

11 comments:

rayne1123 said...

cool thanks
noelle

lanurseprn said...

I'd have to go up into the mountains to see this.   Where I live it's too light and smog would effect the visibility.
Pam

firestormkids04 said...

My hubby is going to love this!  And congratulation to you on your nomination!  Blessings, Penny http://journals.aol.com/firestormkids04/FromHeretoThere

fisherkristina said...

Why do you think it will be too polluted or cloudy?

Krissy
http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink

luddie343 said...

Cathy to Kirssy:  Well, it's always polluted, and the outlying states will have rain all week.  This is always much better with a scope.  But even then you're hindered by the dirty, hazy atmosphere, so...  

bobandkate said...

Oh Cathy, it is so cloudy here too this week. Not sure if we will see anything this side of the Atlantic, but I will have a look,
Kate.
http://journals.aol.co.uk/bobandkate/AnAnalysisofLife/

pharmolo said...

It's cloudy here. Nonetheless, let's hope for a clearance. Incidentally, Orion is my favourite constellation and a compensation for the dark nights of winter.

sugarsweet056 said...

Very cloudy here...a total gray sky, with occ bouts of blue. :(
Sugar

springangel235 said...

Our weather has not been clear to watch anything...wish it would clear up...during the day it seems okay...at night, clouds....enjoy your week...hugs and much love,
Joyce

xxroxymamaxx said...

I wanted to watch the meteor shower but I totally missed it.  My family gets all grumpy when I make them all come out on the lawn in the middle of the night to look at stars.  They don't care if they move or not. lol  Oh well, We'll catch the next one.  Hugs and GBU, Shelly

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