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Orionids Meteor Shower Peak 2012 Over Johnston

The weather forecast calls for clear skies tonight. If you want to see the offspring of Halley’s Comet, here’s where to go in Johnston.

The forecast is mostly clear tonight for the Orionids meteor shower this weekend.

If you want to have a look, you can try the Camp Dodge overlook in Johnston. Best times to view are the hours before dawn on Sunday.

Where do you look?

Well, the name of the meteor shower -- Orionids -- should give you a hint.

Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted, in this case, Orion the Hunter.

So, look for his those three stars that make up his belt, then look up to his club. The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Tauraus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and then, Canis Major, home of Sirious, the brightest star seen on earth aside from the sun.

Abigail Bellamy October 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Love this! I also found some pretty good info on http://spacedex.com/orionids if anyone is interested!

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