October 20, 2007

Prepare for the Orionids! (Meteor Shower; October 21st!)

I know I set a reminder earlier this week, but I can't resist. The Orionids are occuring in less than five hours. A few fun facts for you stargazers:

  1. The radiant is above Orion's top-left shoulder (Betelgeuse). The radiant is the apparent origin point of all meteors.

  2. The meteor showers are actually formed because of Earth's annual movement through the debris trail left behind by Haley's Comet.

  3. The 2007 Orionids are estimated to be double the standard per hour rate.

  4. Be out around 1am to 2am to get the best seats in the house! (The gibbous moon will be gone and the radiant will be easily visible)

Enjoy, be safe, and have fun!