Orionid Meteor Shower Show Early Saturday Morning!

If you're up early Saturday morning, and aren't afraid of the cold (and dark!), it may be worth taking a look at the Orionid Meteor Shower.

There are a lot of factors that can hamper meteor shower viewing, but those factors look to be minimal for Wisconsin by early tomorrow morning. Commonly, the moonlight can be too bright, and cloud cover can completely ruin viewing meteor showers at times.  The moon will be in a waning crescent phase (about 30% visible) and while there will be some clouds out there, there will still be some gaps in the clouds throughout the early part of Saturday morning.

Viewing will be best both outside of the city limits and looking off to the southeastern part of the sky.  Meteors will peak at 20 to 30 per hour, and should have some great colors as the streak across the sky.

I'm sure I won't be the only one out there viewing them Saturday morning! Feel free to post any pictures you get of them here.


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