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Forum topic by Tedster posted 10-20-2012 04:06 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2012 04:06 PM

Just thought some of you might want to check this out. I’m in Chicago so doubt the city lights will allow much of a show here.

Usually, waking up before sunrise is a good way to get a head start on the day. On Oct. 21st, waking up early could stop you in your tracks.
Blame Halley’s Comet. Every year in mid-to-late October, Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from Comet Halley, and the pre-dawn sky lights up with a pretty display of shooting stars.
“We expect to see about 25 meteors per hour when the shower peaks on Sunday morning, Oct 21st,” says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “With no Moon to spoil the show, observing conditions should be ideal.” >> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/12oct_orionids/

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 04:08 PM

Thanks, I’ll be watching!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 04:16 PM

Hope you live rural Monte, or at least not inner city like myself. If I’m awake and dressed (ie, at the computer all night), then I might try to see what I can see. Unfortunately, with the urban glare where I live, I’m lucky to see a few bright stars on occasion. But it should be a pretty good show.

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 05:48 PM

Ill have a good show on my way into work at 4am! :-)

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 06:22 PM

Just be sure to keep one eye on the road ;-)

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 06:49 PM

Got up at 4am this morning (Sat), and it fogged over by 4:30am. Forecast calls for same around here on Sunday morning. Will try Sunday anyways. Glad to see others looking up at the sky… 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 12:06 AM

Mike, I spend a lot of time looking up at the sky, just usually for no particular reason. No fog here but I couldn’t see anything with the city glare, even at 3 this morning. As a kid when we visited my grandma’s house in the rural outskirts of South Bend Indiana, I used to be amazed at how many thousands of stars we could see on a clear night. If I ever have the money I plan to buy a house in the country, move there, and never look back.

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 12:14 AM

Still overcast morning and evening. Not sure it will happen this year for me. Still got up at 4am this morning… 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 01:48 PM

And again, Monday morning in South Texas was partly cloudy. I could make out Orion and vicinity about half the time, but continued to miss sighting any/all meteors here. Enjoyed the coffee though 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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