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Orionid Meteor Shower Versus the Moon

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A meteor viewed from above in the International Space Station. (ISS/NASA)
The nearly full moon will probably interfer with viewing the Orionid meteor shower the next two nights, but take a look anyway.

The shower is not a huge event each year, but it has a high percentage of larger meteors called “fireballs.” See one of those and you’ll remember it for a while.

The constellation Orion (the hunter) is high in the sky much of the night, and best time to see the meteors is between midnight and dawn, according to the experts. And, if the Moon is low on the horizon, the viewing will be better and you’ll be able to see the faint “falling stars,” too.

Of course, if you’re an astronaut in the International Space Station, the Moon doesn’t bother you and you’ll see the streaking meteors just fine. (Lower left in the photo)

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