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AstroAlert: Catch a shooting star as the Orionid Meteor Shower peaks tonight!

Hi everyone,
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One of the year’s best meteor showers peaks tonight (October 21st). It’s called the Orionid Meteor Shower because these ‘shooting stars’ appear to emanate from the region of the sky where the constellation Orion is located.
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They’re not actually shooting stars, of course. What you’re seeing is dust left behind by Halley’s Comet as it travels around the Sun. As Earth moves through this dust swarm, the tiny dust particles enter our planet’s atmosphere at high speeds and burn up, producing brief but brilliant streaks of light in the night sky.
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Halley’s Comet won’t be visible in our skies again until the year 2062, so this is the closest you can come to seeing it for the next few decades, even if it’s just the comet’s
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Unfortunately, the Moon – the bane of astronomers – will hide all but the brightest Orionids in its glare.  Nevertheless, if skies are clear then you should be able to see several per hour.
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If you’d like to know more, just click here.
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The best time to see the Orionids is in the wee hours right before dawn (i.e., early Tuesday morning, However, some should also be visible at other times of the night. And don’t worry if you miss it tonight, the Orionid Meteor Shower puts on its show for several days, so you can always try again tomorrow.
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Best regards,
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Michael
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