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Orionid Meteor Showers Bring Light Show to Our Skies This Weekend

The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Offers Celestial Show In Night Sky
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If the skies are clear over Mid-Michigan this weekend, you may be treated to a meteor shower caused by the debris of Halley’s Comet.

The Orionid meteor shower should reach it’s zenith overnight from Saturday until early Sunday morning as Earth plows through debris left by Halley’s Comet on it’s path around the sun.

The most impressive display of meteors should come a few hours before dawn on Sunday.  The moon will be just five days removed from it’s new phase, and won’t show up in the pre-dawn skies Sunday.

So if the skies are clear, you should see a good display of meteor showers late Saturday to early Sunday.

The Orionids are named that because they seem to originate from the constellation Orion the Hunter are expected to produce anywhere from 20 to 60 meteors per hour.

If you want to get more information on the Orionids or any other celestial knowledge, we have a great local resource with the Longway Planetarium.  www.sloanlongway.org

So don’t forget to look up this weekend and make a wish on a falling star (meteor).

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