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Orion’s meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect.



Orionid meteors seep through the starry sky over Big Band National Park in Texas, in this composition of four shots taken by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill in October 2017. (Image Credit: Sergio Garcia Ril)

One night last summer, shortly after sunset, a number of people gathered on a small league field not far from my house, looking forward to the night and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there was not much obstruction to light pollution and we were given a clear and unobstructed view of the northwest. When the sky darkened, we finally saw it: comet NEOWISE, showing a beautiful, curved tail.

“It’s not a bad show, considering we’re looking at space junk,” I told comet observers. “Indeed, what we are looking at is a piece of rubbish in space; think of this beautiful tail as a ‘space litter’; small pieces of dust and grit left by NEOWISE all bury the solar system.”


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