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Weather Forecast for Peak of Orionids Meteor Shower 2012

Shooting stars will be flying early in the morning in the sky. Current weather forecast for Rocky Hill for the peak of the shower is mostly clear.

 


Earth began its pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet beginning Monday, Oct. 15, resulting in the annual Orionids meteor shower—though its peak will be this Saturday.

Where are the best places to stargaze in Rocky Hill? If you take photos, please share them with Patch here!

Noaa.gov is predicting clear skies for the peak the night of Saturday, Oct. 20, until just before dawn on Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

What makes this shower so cool? First of all, c'mon—it's a show of shooting stars.

Also, though, there's no question about where to look for this one. Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and finally, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see—well, aside from the sun.

There's also something else that's special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

To make sure you get the best view possible, remember to check the weather forecast and conditions before you head outside to watch. 

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