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The Orionid meteor shower
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The Orionid meteor shower was expected to send bright streaks of light across the sky as frequently as once every two minutes at its peak in the early hours of today.
With no moon to outshine them, the shooting stars could have been spectacular - but for most, thick cloud obscured a view of them.

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Abu Simbel to witness perpendicular sun
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Egypt will witness the annual celebration of the perpendicular sun fall on the face of Pharaoh Ramses II statue in Abu Simbel Temple in Luxor on Sunday October 22.

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RE: October 2006
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Chinese comet watchers can expect clear views of the Orionids meteor shower on Saturday as 23 meteors per hour are expected.

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Orion, the hunter, is moving back into the evening sky this month. Right now, he appears low in the east at midnight. And he brings a celestial treat with him: a meteor shower. And since the Moon is a waning crescent, there's almost no moonlight to interfere with the fireworks.
Like all meteor showers, the Orionid shower is caused by tiny flecks of comet dust blazing into Earth's upper atmosphere at very high speeds. The particles vaporise, forming incandescent streaks of hot gas known as meteors or shooting stars.

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Clouded out?
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RE: October 2006
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Jupiter moon positions in October.

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The positions of the planets in evening sky, looking west.

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There are many meteor showers this month...
Orionids produce rates of 5-15/hour with occasional surges in activity that may reach 25 or even 50/hour. The shower's radiant near Betelgeuse is best-placed just before morning twilight begins. Its radiant is R.A. 6hr 20m Dec +16 degrees, which is close to Xi Orionis.They`re from Halley's Comet. October 15-29 2003 Maximum Oct. 21.
Draconids have produced two major storms in 1933 and 1946, and several other significant outbursts. Draconids are very slow meteors. The parent body of the meteors is Comet Giacobini-Zinner. October 6-10, Maximum Oct. 9/10
Epsilon Geminids On the 18th, the radiant will be at RA 6h 48m, Dec +27, several degrees north of the star epsilon Gemini, (Mebsuta). These are fast meteors, at about 70 km per second. These meteors might be associated with either Comet Ikeya, C/1964 N1, or Comet Nishikawa-Takamizawa-Tago, C/1987 B1. ZHR rates for this shower are about 2 meteors per hour at maximum. October 10-27 Maximum Oct. 18/19
The Sextanids are active September 9 through October 9. Though, this one is more of a radio/radar shower
The northern Taurids and southern Taurids start to become active about October 1st, but do not reach maximums until early November. Both have fairly slow meteors, with the northern Taurids velocity at 29 km per second, and the southern at 27 km per second. At maximum in November, both showers will peak at about ZHR rates of 5 meteors per hour. These meteors are part of the Taurid stream which in turn has been associated with Comet Encke.

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