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The Orionids: Oct. 20-22, 2009
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  Summary: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, and this is causing the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Wednesday, Oct. 21st. [full story] [meteor counts] [sky map] See also the 2008 Orionid Gallery.
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Jefferson Teng,
Shanghai, China
Oct. 20, 2009

I woke up early in the morning to observe the shower through my bedroom's window. This one was quite bright considering the light pollution in Shanghai.

Photo details: Canon 350D, ISO400, 6 secs exposure 15mm f/2.8

Danielle Moser and Bill Cooke, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Oct. 20, 2009
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An all-sky mateor camera at the Marshall Space Flight Center recorded 47 bright Orionids on the night of Oct. 19-20. Combining the data with similar images taken by another camera 100+ miles away, NASA astronomers were able to triangulate the height, direction and speed of the meteoroids.

John Chumack,
Dayton, Ohio USA
Oct. 20, 2009
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The 2009 Orionid shower is under way! Despite the clouds rolling in toward the morning hours, I was able to capture several Orionid Meteors this morning with my all sky video cameras. Including some very bright fireballs low to the horizon! PC164C video camera A several hour composite from my backyard from Dayton, Ohio USA.

Pierre Martin,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 19, 2009

On the morning of October 19, I was out hunting for some early Orionids under clear dark skies. I found that they were pleasantly active with several faint meteors seen in the span of two hours. Maybe this will be another good year for them? My Canon 300D with a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens (set at 16mm) managed to capture one of the more colorful Orionids! I am hoping for more in the next few nights.

more images: from Shusaku Tago of Tonami, Toyama, Japan; from Marsha Adams of Sedona, Arizona