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December's Cold Moon and moon schedule revealed. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here. With no Moon to muss, take a crack at seeing the Eta Aquariids, which could be one of the better meteor showers of the year. The popular Perseid and Geminid showers will be spoiled by bright moonlight. Learn how to photograph a meteor shower with these step-by-step instructions, as well as advice for the advanced imager. Meteor studies have relied heavily on amateur observers for more than a century.
They still do.
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When should you watch for Orionid meteors? In fact, they typically last several weeks, as Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet, in this case, the famous Comet Halley. According to the International Meteor Organization IMO , the Orionids often exhibit several lesser maxima, so meteor activity may remain more or less constant for several nights in a row, centered on a peak night. So, before dawn on October 23, the Orionids might match — or nearly match — the numbers before dawn on October The Orionid meteors generally start at late night, or around midnight, and display maximum numbers in the predawn hours.
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Some might be bright enough to overcome the moonlit glare. What should you watch for during the Orionid shower? Orion rises in the east at late evening, fairly close to midnight.
Surrounding Orion are the bright stars typically associated with winter evenings in the Northern Hemisphere. There are many bright stars in this part of the sky, and they are beautiful and colorful.
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Want to try to identify some? Your best bet is a planisphere. Click here.
Possible Orionid meteor moving by the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux. Image via Mike Lewinski. Bottom line: The last quarter moon interferes somewhat with the Orionid meteor shower.
Watch shortly before dawn. Try watching on the mornings of October 21, 22 and A dark sky is always best. Have fun!
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