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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

Gregory Ray,
Stafford, Virginia
Oct. 20, 2009
#1, more

While doing a set of 60 images to creat a star trail photograph, this one was captured.

Photo details: Canon 40D,18mm@F3.5, ISO 640, 25 seconds using EOS software to control camera.

Mark Riddick,
Blue Ridge Parkway, near Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Oct. 21, 2009
#1, #2, #3

A good variety of Orionids tonight. A few reached -3ish, and one left a train that persisted for 4-5 minutes (pictured).

Thomas Ashcraft, near Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oct. 20, 2009

On Oct. 20th, a fragment of Halley cut across the skies of New Mexico where amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft operates an all-sky camera and forward scatter meteor radar. Click here to listen. The eerie sound you just heard was a radio echo--a distant TV signal reflected from the meteor's ionized trail. Ashcraft records the reflections at 61.250 MHz and 55.250 MHz using a VHF antenna co-located with his all-sky camera. He says he'll be updating his radio fireball gallery as the shower intensifies.

Juraj Toth,
Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory at Modra, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct. 18, 2009
#1, #2, #3, #4

All-sky meteor camera at Modra, Slovakia recorded 186 meteors during the night Oct.18-19 (17:18 - 04:16 UT), most of them Orionids. The faintest recorded meteors are about +3.5 magnitude. Observers L. Kornos and P. Veres.

more images: from Ugur Ikizler of Mudanya - Bursa / Turkey; from Marco Vidovic of Stojnci, Slovenia; from Jim Werle of Henderson, Nevada; from Alan Holmes of Goleta, California; from Erwin Filimon of Observatory Gahberg in Austria; from Sabahattin Bilsel of Bodrum, Turkey