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 Post subject: The Orionid Meteor Shower Is Coming
Post Posted: Oct 11, 2017 7:00 am 
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From Farmers Almanac: The Orionid Meteor Shower Is Coming

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The Orionids are an annual meteor shower caused from debris from the most famous of all comets, Halley’s Comet.

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The showers actually occur from October 16th to 26th, with peak activity of perhaps 20 meteors per hour during the predawn hours on Saturday morning (October 21st). These meteors often leave fine trains, enhancing the spectacle for watchers.

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The best time to begin watching is from 1 to 2 a.m. local daylight time until dawn, with the numbers of meteors increasing until morning twilight interferes. To see the greatest number, don’t look in the direction of Orion, but rather about 30° from it in the direction of the zenith (directly overhead).

I would love to finally see these. Hopefully the weather will be clear in the early morning on the 21th.


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Saw a great fireball over Bailey last evening (Oct. 10) about 7:45 p.m. West to East. Had "sparks" flying off of it.
Anybody else see it?
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No and am I envious. I have only seen a falling star once. You must have been in the totally right place at the right time. How lucky for you!

(Do you think it may have been an alien spaceship?)


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No and am I envious. I have only seen a falling star once. You must have been in the totally right place at the right time. How lucky for you!

(Do you think it may have been an alien spaceship?)



Are you serious? just one! I suggest you spend more time looking at the sky.


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... I have only seen a falling star once. You must have been in the totally right place at the right time.


Meteor , not a "falling star". A falling star would completly destroy our solar system. :yikes:


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... I have only seen a falling star once. You must have been in the totally right place at the right time.


Meteor , not a "falling star". A falling star would completly destroy our solar system. :yikes:

I thought it was a "shooting star". :hugegrin:

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I love watching meteor showers! A lawn chair, heavy blanket and a thermos of something warm. Then lean back and watch the show while contemplating the enormity of the Universe. Good times!

I see shooting stars regularly. These days, usually while standing outside every night just before bed waiting for my dog to do his business.

Years ago when I had an O dark early commute routine I'd see several per week.

Back during my camping years, mid-July to mid-August was considered "prime-time" because of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

On any given clear night (or early morning) one can expect to see at least one every hour.


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I grew up in New Jersey and would go out at night to see what all the night sky hoopla was about - the milky way, all the constellations. And all I could see was the big dipper, little dipper, and sometimes Orion and very few other stars. I was always disappointed as the light pollution and high humidity precluded me from seeing all the stars. Isn't that sad?

And even though I camped for many years all over the US, from my childhood experiences, I was not in the habit of looking up at night - I looked at the fire and at my dear husband.

So, yes I've missed a lot over the years. And it will always be a "falling star" to me.

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Falling star or shooting star is the common name for the visible path of a meteoroid as it enters the atmosphere to become a meteor. If a falling star survives impact with the Earth's surface, then it is called a meteorite.


But this year, I so hope to see the big Orionid Meteor Shower.


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But this year, I so hope to see the big Orionid Meteor Shower.


I hope you do too. Our skies are generally awesome for viewing falling stars.

Yes city dwellers miss out on a lot of natural phenomenon.


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And TB, try this:

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

They will notify you every time the International Space Station can be viewed from your home! Go to the sign up section and use Fairplay CO as your town. It doesn't recognize Bailey or Pine. Now the ISS is some kind of spectacle to see on a regular basis and while you are watching it, you may well see falling stars in the night sky.
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When I still lived in St. George, I went to Bryce NP for the 2002 Orinide Meteor shower to get away from the city lights. It was so quiet one could even hear the meteorites as they flew across the heavens. Oh what a show it was that year.

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I sure hope you have been enjoying the falling stars!

I've seen lots in the early mornings over the past few days. Most have been the short, "quarter second" type. But one this morning flew half way across the visible sky! Awesome!


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