Monday, October 19, 2009
Recovery Run and an Unexpected Reward
I've always been interested in astronomy; with a little research online I found that every October, the Earth passes through an area of space containing rock fragments and dust left by Halley's comet. This results in an annual Orionid Meteor shower. The peak dates for this year were predicted to be October 16-27. The debris is actually very close to Earth, but the meteors are called "Orionid" because from Earth, they appear to originate from the direction of the constellation Orion. On the morning of this sighting, I had noticed that the constellation Orion was very prominent in the night sky, and the meteor did indeed seem to come from the general direction of Orion.