Carnival of Space #220 is now available over at the “We are all in the gutter” blog.
Featured in this week’s Carnival are great articles about NASA, our Solar System, falling satellites, a great writing contest, and Nicole Gugliucci’s request for assistance to the residents of Luisa county, Virginia (the epicenter of the east coast earthquake earlier this year).
Read more about this week’s Carnival of Space at:
While we’re on the topic of Orion, don’t forget the Orionid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow. Between midnight and dawn tomorrow morning (Oct 22nd), look to the East (in the direction of Orion). Since the Orionids are a fall meteor shower, be sure to dress appropriately.
Speaking of comfort, I always suggest to people who want to watch a meteor shower to grab a comfy lawn chair that can recline – you’ll want to be looking up at as much of the night sky as possible. If at all possible, make sure there are no bright streetlights in your field of view and try to give your eyes up to an hour to fully adapt to the darkness.
Most importantly relax and enjoy the night sky. Don’t allow yourself to get frustrated if you don’t see any meteors right away. This years peak is estimated at about a dozen per hour. Keep in mind that a waning crescent moon will be rising during the optimal time to view the Orionids, but shouldn’t pose a problem for urban viewers.
Image Source: NASA Image of the Day Gallery