Saturday, October 22, 2011

Orionid Meteor Shower Can Now Be Seen From U.S. East Coast


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Shooting starts from the Orionid meteor shower are now being spotted up and down the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard as early as 9:30 p.m. EDT. tonight.


Currently, the meteor shower is producing approximately 3-4 shooting stars every 15 minutes, but will intensify as the night progresses.

Don't worry if you missed the peak of the Orionid Meteor Shower this morning, you will be able to get a second chance to see the second best peak tomorrow morning in the dark hours just before sunrise.


The Orionid meteor shower is made up of debris left by Halley's Comet from several-thousand-years worth's of near-Earth passes. 

The debris field is so wide that encompasses the entire distance between the Earth and the Moon.

NASA scientists are actually observing the meteors hit the moon which produce bright white flashes because there is no atmosphere on the moon to slow the meteors before an explosive impact.