Monday, October 02, 2006

Orionid Meteor Shower:

I grabbed that free Cincinnati Family magazine and saw that on Friday Oct 20, 2006 that there is a free orionid meteor shower viewing....ameteur astronomers will be conducting a public star gaze and meteor watch at Stonelick State Park, 2895 Lake Drive, Pleasant Plain. , dusk until dawn. (513) 321-5186

The girls have dance until 7:15 PM, but if the weather is nice and the sky clear, I think I will gather the troops and head out. I googled it to see what time you are supposed to be able to view it the easiest/best.

Here is what I found: In 2006 the Orionids are predicted to reach a peak of about twenty meteors per hour at 11 a.m. EDT on Saturday, October 21. The Orionid Meteor Shower generally lasts for about two days so one should expect to see Orionids also on the mornings of the 20th and the 22nd. As with all meteor showers, the Orionids are best observed between midnight and dawn from a clear, dark location with a good horizon. Fortunately, the Moon will be at new moon on the morning of October 22 so there will be no moonlight to interfere with observations of the fainter meteors. Look to the high in the east to find the meteors appearing to radiate out of the constellation of Orion the hunter. Binoculars or telescopes are not needed to observe meteors.

Now if the weather will just cooperate!

1 comment:

hestiahomeschool said...

Hey, maybe we can join you---Dave will be working that night...