Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shooting Stars Saturday

Ok, it won't be exactly shooting stars, more like falling bits of Halley's comet, but regardless, we're supposed to get a good show tonight. The day here is clean and shiny, and hopefully the night will stay as clear, and the Orionid will keep us looking skyward.

This map shows the sky facing south around 5 a.m. Sunday morning October 21, 2012. The Orionids will appear to radiate from the “shoulder” of Orion the Hunter not far from the brilliant planet Jupiter. Created with Stellarium ~ from Astro Bob's site - which has a lot more information; you should check it out.

Orion is one of the easiest constellations to recognize, at least around here. When I was out West, in the northern California mountains, the sky was so full and differently oriented, it would take awhile to find thr Hunter, and the timing was different by far. But once you find him, that's where you'll want to tune in for the show.

Yes, these are fireworks, not the Orionid meteor shower, but I hope it's sort of like this.

And for you who remember...and for you who should know.

Have a star studded Saturday. Do something (s)elestial.

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