Sunday, October 21, 2012

Orionid Meteor Shower (Picture of the Day: 10/21/12)

A shot of an Orionid meteor and the aurora in the skies of Norway. Source

This weekend was a prime opportunity to witness a meteor shower. The Orionid meteor shower peaked early this morning (Sunday) with something like 25 meteors an hour. You have to be patient when watching the night skies, but it pays off. These meteors are bits of debris from Halley's Comet.
I tried, on multiple occasions, to get out and watch this shower, but never managed to do it. Luckily, more spectacular meteor showers are predicted to occur in future years, so I recommend everyone getting out to see those.

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