Get your binoculars: Weekend forecast calls for meteor showers10/19/2012
Halley's Comet won't be seen again on Earth until 2061, but the comet, which was last visible in 1986, has left a little something as a parting gift. The Orionid meteor showers are bits of Halley's Comet dust that burn up when they hit the atmosphere — giving us a pretty spectacular show in the night sky. Astronomers estimate that we'll see up to "dozens of meteors per hour" during the height of the storm, which should come between 11 p.m. Eastern time Saturday to 3 a.m. Eastern time Sunday. The moon will just be coming out of its new phase, which will help us out with visibility, so get your binoculars ready, and hope for clear skies. [Source]
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