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The Orionid Meteor Shower

You still have another chance to see it!
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Posted at 11:17 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 11:17:19-04

Did you any meteors earlier this morning? The peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower was shortly before sunrise where you may have seen 10-20 meteors per hour light up the sky!

They look like "shooting stars" but are really meteors left behind by Comet Halley. The meteors come in all different directions so they will appear in all portions of the sky! You do not need a telescope in order to see the meteors invading Earth's atmosphere (about 60 miles above Earth's surface)...you just need your eyes!

Viewing conditions are best in wide open areas, especially when there are clear skies aloft. Here in Maryland, dense fog develops overnight so viewing conditions won't be the absolute best but at least temperatures will be relatively mild, in the upper-50s and low-60s. Before dawn on Thursday, grab and blanket, sit back, and stare at the sky for an hour or so! Even though the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower has past, you can still watch the sky over the next few mornings as you may catch one or two meteors flying by!