Latest estimates gathered by the International Meteor Organization says that the predicted major spike in Orionid meteor shower occurred this morning at 6 am EDT. Observers are recorded an average of 54 shooting stars per hour. Early reports so far are mostly coming in from Asia and Pacific region where the show might have been a bit better. North American numbers may have been more modest with about 25 meteors seen per hour on average. But these numbers will most likely change as more weary skywatchers who stayed up last night will start logging on and filing their reports. Check out the IMO graph in my post below that shows in realtime what the reported metoer numbers are as they come in. Check back often and you will see the values change as more observations are added from Canada and U.S.A..
But the show is not over yet. It will be worth going out tonight and over the next couple of nights to see straggler Orionids – some of which are known to be bright, fast fireballs.
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