Orionid meteor shower 2008
This year's Orionid meteor shower will be mostly washed out by the Moon, but there could be a few surprises...
Dr Peter Jenniskens (currently at the SETI Institute) notes in a recent CBET that strong activity from this shower should continue in 2008 and 2009.
It is predicted that from 18 to 24 October, the Earth will encounter an overdensity of material ejected from Halley's comet some 3000 years ago, resulting in a higher-than-normal rate of meteors.
The Quarter-Moon will make things less than ideal in the pre-dawn hours, but the increased activity may reward the patient observer with a few bright displays.
For more news, check out Deborah Byrd's EarthSky Tonight page.
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