Dark Skies for 2014’s Orionid Meteor Shower

October 20, 2014 3:34 AM

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Dark Skies for 2014’s Orionid Meteor Shower

The Orionid shower is a long-lasting display of meteors that peaks about October 21st. With moonlight not a factor, an observer under clear dark skies might see an Orionid every 5 minutes in the hours before dawn.

Just about everyone has heard of Halley's Comet. It last cruised through the inner solar system in 1986, and now it's nearing aphelion well beyond Neptune's orbit.

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