ORIONIDS METEOR SHOWER DATA
Photo Credit: Kenneth Brandon of the 2012 Geminids; CLICK photo for full size. Links and a Kenneth Brandon time lapse video below!
PEAK VIEWING: The Orionids meteor shower is in effect from now through the end of the month. Peak night this time around will be the night of Monday the 21st and the morning of Tuesday the 22nd until sunrise.
HOURLY RATE: Estimates put the hourly rate at approximately 25 per hour.
RADIANT POINT: In the general direction of the constellation of Orion.
MOON IMPACT: Unfortunately the moon will be 16 days old and 92% full in its waning gibbous phase which means the estimated 25 meteors per hour will be reduced drastically.
PARENT BODY: None other than Comet 1/P Halley or Halley’s Comet.
FLASH FACT: Do you know why meteor shower viewing is best just before sunrise? If you view the solar system from the top, planets orbit the Sun in a counter clockwise motion, we also rotate in a counter clockwise motion. That means just before sunrise the Earth is pointed in the direction of travel of the Earth itself and meteors are mere “bugs hitting the windshield” of Spaceship Earth.
EarthSky 2013 Orionids data: http://earthsky.org/tonight/radiant-point-for-orionid-meteor-shower
IN THE SKY 2013 Orionids data: http://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20131021_12_100
American Meteor Society (AMS) general meteor shower data: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/
Kenneth Brandon Photography: http://www.kennethbrandon.com/
Kenneth Brandon Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenneth-Brandon-Dark-Sky-Chaser/603369596340126
Kenneth Brandon Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenbrandon/
Kenneth Brandon YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/KennethBrandon
Kenneth Brandon Twitter: https://twitter.com/KennethBrandon
Here’s some of Kenneth’s time lapse work: