Title: Orionid Meteor Shower
Location: Hawaiian Island Viewing
Date / Time: Peaks before dawn, Oct.21
Comments: The Orionid meteor shower will peak this weekend; greatest activity expected before dawn on October 21st. Keep watch for these fast-streaking Orionids between midnight & dawn on the mornings of Oct. 20, 21, & 22. We might expect to see 25-30 or more meteors ("shooting stars") per hour during this peak, from a dark, clear viewing site. The Orionids typically produce swift, bright meteors, among the fastest of all shower meteors, striking Earth's upper atmosphere at 148,000 mph. Orionid meteors appear to originate or "radiate" from the constellation Orion, "the Hunter," which will be rising in the east at around midnight(HST). Activity increases during the early morning hours when Orion is overhead & the Earth turns sky-watchers into the oncoming stream of comet debris. Find a location with a good view of the full sky; away from distracting street lights or house lights. You do not need a telescope or binoculars to view this or any other meteor shower. Just get yourself to the darkest location you can find, relax in a comfortable recliner chair, perhaps with a blanket & beverage, & enjoy the show! Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through the path of a comet. The bits of debris left behind by the comets, most no larger than a grain of sand, create a spectacular light show as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. The Orionids occur every October as we pass through debris left over by Halley's Comet, which last visited our region of the Solar System in 1986. Halley's comet returns to orbit the Sun approximately every 76 years. (Due back in 2061).

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