Heads Up, Skywatchers! Orionid Meteor Shower

Science Tech
Meteor 8/11/12

Persied Meteor

The Orionids. As the name implies, this meteor shower has a radiant point in the well-known constellation Orion. Orion rises pretty late still, but the optimal meteor watching time is after midnight. This shower peaks on about the 20th of November, but as with some other major meteor showers, meteors can be seen days in advance and after the peak. 10-20 meteors per hour is expected.

While you’re in the area, you might want to check out some of winter’s best dso (deep sky object) jewels. M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, is easily visible and quite lovely in Orion’s sword with a good set of binoculars. A few constellations over is Auriga, the charioteer. In it are two star clusters, M36 and M37, with M35 nearby. These visibly close clusters are some of my favorites; they are spectacular through my 15×70 binoculars.

Enjoy the Orionids!

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