Orionid Shower Recap And What’s Up Next For Meteor Bursts

Did you get to see the Orionid meteor shower this weekend? I managed an hour and a half under a moonless sky this morning between 5 and 6:30 a.m. Although twilight began around 6, I stuck around as the sky brightened. Good thing I did. A nib of Halley’s Comet zipped across Taurus, flared brightly…
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60 Minutes With The Orionids

The Orionids, a minor but always reliable meteor shower, peaks this coming weekend. Under a dark sky you can up to 15 meteors an hour and sometimes more. Because Orion doesn’t really crest the horizon until midnight, the best viewing times begin a couple hours before dawn. This year, when the constellation culminates in the…
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How To See The Geminids, Best Meteor Shower Of 2017

Last year’s Geminids were mooned out. This summer’s Perseids took a beating from moonlight. Our patience will finally get its reward this week with the return of the Geminid meteor shower under dark skies. Expect a great show. Under ideal circumstances — no light pollution with the shower’s radiant high overhead — we might see…
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Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower Opening Act For Perseids

I was so busy looking down yesterday I forgot to look up. If you’ve been staying up late and noticing more meteors than usual, it’s because the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower’s been active this month. They don’t come in droves, only about 10 to 20 per hour under dark skies, but they mark the…
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Resolve To See The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time under the stars in 2017, you’ll have motivation to do so as soon as Tuesday. That morning, the Quadrantid (kwah-DRAN-tid) meteor shower will peak between 4 to about 6 a.m. local time just before the start of dawn. This annual shower can be a rich…
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