Catch the Orionid Meteor Shower This Weekend

By Jason Fitzpatrick on October 21st, 2011

The annual Orionid meteor shower is approaching its peak; catch a great meteor show this weekend by turning to the night sky at the right time.

It’s that time of year when the Orionid meteor showers are in full show. NASA Science News reports:

“Although this isn’t the biggest meteor shower of the year, it’s definitely worth waking up for,” says Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office. “The setting is dynamite.”

Orionids are framed by some of the brightest and most beautiful constellations in the night sky. The meteors emerge from mighty Orion, the shower’s glittering namesake. From there they streak through Taurus the Bull, the twins of Gemini, Leo the Lion, and Canis Major–home to Sirius, the most brilliant star of all.

US readers will want to get up a few hours before dawn on Saturday October 22 to catch the show.

Weekend Meteor Shower [NASA Science News via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/21/11
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