Orionid meteor shower 2009 begins at 1 AM

Orionid meteor shower

If you happen to love star gazing or even astronomy, you can catch the Orionid Meteor shower 2009 in Oct 21, at around 1 am. (October 22 if you’re in Australia). Actually, the best time to see this meteor shower is between midnight and 5:30 a.m. What’s really awesome about is you don’t need any high tech telescope for this is visible to the naked eye and will primarily appear in the North East.

“Since 2006, the Orionids have been one of the best showers of the year, with counts of 60 or more meteors per hour,” said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

“The [meteor] display will be framed by some of the prettiest stars and planets in the night sky,” Phillips said. “In addition to Orionids, you’ll see brilliant Venus, red Mars, the dog star Sirius, and bright winter constellations such as Orion, Gemini and Taurus. Even if the shower is a dud, the rest of the sky is dynamite.”

For best viewing experience, go to a far-flung location where light pollution isn’t much such as Wyoming. Next, let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Be patient. Don’t bother bringing a telescope as it won’t be any help. Then, sit back and relax and get ready for the show.

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