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Bits of Comet Halley: This years Orionid meteror peak this weekend

Bits of Comet Halley: This years Orionid meteror peak this weekend

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/19/2012
By Blaine Friedlander

Going deep into antiquity, ancient sky gazers saw the comet we now call Halley. In modernity, you can see Comet Halley’s bits and pieces this weekend as they light up the night October 20-21 when you behold the annual Orionid meteor shower’s peak.

While the Orionids may not be the most well-known group of shooting stars, you can amaze friends at this weekend’s parties if you learn a little bit about them.

Astronomers predict the Orionids will peak at 20 to 25 meteors per hour, or for astronomers, the zenithal hourly rate. To peek at the peak, start looking about 10 p.m. on Saturday night through the first vestiges of dawn on Sunday. If you are persistent at watching, you may see a handful each hour.

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