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Orionid's Meteor Shower



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Wednesday night’s Meteor Shower caused quite a stir to some unsuspecting Sioux Falls residents.
Wednesday night’s shower called the Orionids Meteor Shower is actually quite common. The shower occurs this time in October every year.
The meteors involved in the shower are remnants of Hailey’s Comet and intercept the Earth’s orbit at 41.6 miles per second. The meteors seem to appear out of thin air between the constellations Gemini and Orion.



(Image courtesy Astronomy)

This particular event will not be the greatest opportunity to view the meteors due to the fact that the moon is still particularly bright and begins to rise after midnight. The moons path through the sky during the night will take it right through the area where the meteors will be. This will cause the meteors to be much harder to see, but not impossible.


(3D sky image courtesy Planets App for the iPhone)
3D sky image for Sioux Falls on Oct. 21 approximately 1:00am

The best time to view the meteors are usually between midnight and just before dawn, but with the location of the moon this week, the closer to dawn you look the better chance you will have to see the meteors. Gemini and Orion will be in the southeastern sky low on the horizon.



You can expect to see around 20 yellow to green meteors an hour during the peak, which occurs Friday and Saturday nights. If you happen to catch a picture of the Meteor Shower send them to weather@KDLT.com
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