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The annual Orionid Meteor Shower has been ongoing over the past couple of days and peaks late tonight, during the predawn hours of Sunday morning.  The Orionid Meteor Shower occurs every year during mid to late October as Earth moves through a stream of debris from Halley’s comet. Why it’s called the “Orionid” meteor shower is because the meteors streak out of the constellation Orion and astronomers therefore call them “Orionids.”  Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office states, “Since 2006, the Orionids have been one of the best showers of the year, with counts in some years up to 60 or more meteors per hour.”  Below is a sky chart diagram for viewing the Orionids Meteor Shower tonight.

Thanks to a mostly clear sky & crescent moon, there will be optimal viewing of the meteors. Due to the fact that the moon will be just shy of the First Quarter…

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