Quick! Look to the Sky!

     I apologize for not letting you know this sooner but better late than never.  The Orionid Meteor Shower is happening now and the best time to see it is Wednesday, October 21st before sunrise!  If you are reading this and it’s still dark outside then go and take a look for yourself.

http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates.

METEORS FROM HALLEY’S COMET: Earth is entering a stream of dusty debris from Halley’s Comet, and this is causing the annual Orionid meteor shower. If forecasters are correct, the shower will peak on Wednesday morning, Oct. 21st, with dozens of meteors per hour. The best time to look is during the dark hours before local dawn.

For the past three years, Orionid rates have been unusually high, with reports of 60 or more meteors per hour. Researchers believe this is a result of some very old and rich debris from Comet Halley drifting across Earth’s orbit. Computer models of the debris suggest that it is still in the neighborhood, so the trend of "good Orionids" could continue in 2009. Visit