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Orionids Meteor Shower 2012 Reaches Peak Oct. 20

The Orionids meteor shower promises to be a show worth watching in Oakdale.

It's time to start looking to the stars. 

On Oct. 15, earth will begin to pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet for the annual Orionids meteor shower.

The shower should be at its peak on Oct. 20 until just before dawn on Sunday, Oct. 21. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that — barring cloud cover — you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

Here is some information on the meteor shower:

Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and finally, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see — well, aside from the sun.

Something else that's special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

Obviously, you'll have more luck catching the shooting stars if you're in a place not polluted by light.

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