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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Orionid meteor shower

In recent nights, sky watchers have noticed meteors shooting out of the constellation Orion. This signals the beginning of the annual Orionid meteor shower caused by space dust from Halley's Comet. The shower is feeble now, producing only a few bright meteors per hour, but the show will improve as we approach the shower's peak on Oct. 21st. Last year, observers counted as many as 50 Orionids per hour when Earth passed through the thick of Halley's dust trail and another good display may be in the offing.

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