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Orionid Meteor photos create Internet sensation

Written By imam santoso on Monday, October 22, 2012 | 8:08 PM

Last weekend saw the peak of the annual Orionid Meteor Shower, which typically produces around 20 meteors per hour. In terms of magnitude, while the Orionids are not one of three major showers (August's Perseids, November's Leonids, and December's Geminids are these), it is still one of the better, more reliable of the minor showers. So, this being an Earth-wide event, it is only natural that cameras were aimed at the sky for the past few nights.
Orionid Meteor photos

Unfortunately, some would-be meteor watchers were out of luck this time as the weather simply refused to cooperate this trip around the Sun. However, thanks to digital cameras and the Internet, anyone in the world can see the Orionid photos almost as soon as they were taken and, with the profusion of high technology in 2012, the photos are numerous.

So where to find the pictures?

Of all the -themed photo websites out there, Spaceweather.com is probably the best. Online since 2001, Spaceweather may be the premiere user-generated astronomy photo website on the whole Internet. Why? Spaceweather relies on its users to build its extensive photo galleries and people are happy to fulfill this request, submitting photos from all over the world. With nearly a decade of images, there are enough photos on Spaceweather to probably fill dozens upon dozens of hard drives.

Now, Spaceweather is not alone in posting Orionid photos as other astronomy-themed websites should be posting galleries soon, in all probability, by tomorrow (it's the weekend, after all). Two good places to look: Space.com and Universe Today.

So, if you didn't get to see the Orionids in person, there is a way to experience it, after all. Oh, yes, the shower is far from over, too. The best time to view is in the hours just before dawn as Orion is at its highest then, about half way to Zenith in the Southern sky. To improve odds of seeing meteors, travel out to the country to escape suburban/urban light domes. More good news: while waning, the shower is anything but over, which means that heading out in the predawn sky and looking up even into mid week could be well worth the effort.

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