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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Not an Orionid

The only meteor that I caught duirng the entire night's worth of images is the one visible at the upper right. Looking closely at the trajectory against the background stars, it is clear this one isn't an Orionid. Strange considering this was to be when the Orioninds should have been most active. The meteors that make up the Orionids are small grains the size of sand that come from Halley's Comet which vaporize in a flash of light about 50 miles above Earth's surface. Spordaic meteors, like this one, can't be traced back to any one part of the sky and a few can been seen every hour during any clear night.
Canon 20D - 30 seconds, 20mm @ f /1.8, ISO 800


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