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Old 10-19-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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Conditions for this year’s shower should be very promising, with the sliver of a first-quarter moon setting around midnight, leaving the night sky exceedingly dark. To watch the meteors, you can take a nice warm blanket out to an area far from city lights, like a state park, and lie back to get a good full-sky view. You can expect around 25 meteors to shoot overhead per hour during the shower.

How to Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower This Weekend | Wired Science | Wired.com
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Interestingly, the Orionid meteor shower is produced by the Earth passing through what remains of the tail of Hailey's comet which last passed this way in 1986. In six months time the Earth will pass through what remains of the tail of Hailey's comet again in May, and it is called the Eta Aquariid meteor shower.

Car-sized Orionid meteor streaks through the sky: Meteor Shower Video: Halley's Comet Brings Meteor Shower Over California Skies | Video - ABC News
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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I'm going to watch the meteor shower. Last year I tried to see it but I couldn't. Too many street lights. This time I'm in a less lit area. I also have a cup of coffee, so I should be up all night.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Interestingly, the Orionid meteor shower is produced by the Earth passing through what remains of the tail of Hailey's comet which last passed this way in 1986. In six months time the Earth will pass through what remains of the tail of Hailey's comet again in May, and it is called the Eta Aquariid meteor shower.

Car-sized Orionid meteor streaks through the sky: Meteor Shower Video: Halley's Comet Brings Meteor Shower Over California Skies | Video - ABC News
I was born the year Halley's comet happened.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:43 AM
 
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I was born the year Halley's comet happened.
I watched Hailey's Comet go by from Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. It was close enough to be easily seen with binoculars.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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Well I walked outside last night briefly but wasnt sure what direction to face.
This didn't help, I'm obviously not 'even a casual night sky viewer"

The Orionids appear to come from the constellation Orion, familiar to even casual night sky viewers because of his recognizable three-star belt. Just above the belt is a bright orange star called Betelgeuse, sometimes known as Orion’s armpit. The Orionid meteors should streak from there.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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I was fortunate enough to be in a really dark sky place in Northern NH. I watched for about 15 min just before 4 AM. Saw 6 meteors around the sky. Neat.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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I watched Hailey's Comet go by from Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. It was close enough to be easily seen with binoculars.
It must have been nice.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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I saw bits and pieces of the meteor shower. Even out in the sticks, there are still enough street lights to make it hard to see.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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It must have been nice.
Wait until next year. Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) should be brighter than the full moon in late November 2013.

Predicted path of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) | The Planetary Society
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