Oct 21 2012

In The Dust of Halley’s Comet

Published by at 7:47 am under Weather & Sky

Tonight the sky will be clear in Pittsburgh, great for viewing the peak of the Orionid meteor shower — if you can get away from city lights.

Interestingly, the shower is caused by the dust from Halley’s comet that enters our atmosphere as Earth passes the site where Halley’s passed before.

Read more about this celestial event in the Los Angeles Times where they’ve provided links to NASA’s live streaming video.

(photo of Halley’s comet in 1910, in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.  Click on the image to see the original.)

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2 Responses to “In The Dust of Halley’s Comet”

  1. Neilon 21 Oct 2012 at 10:53 am

    I am new to pittsburgh — can you recommend a good place to drive out to where my friends and I can watch the meteor shower?

  2. Kate St. Johnon 21 Oct 2012 at 11:17 am

    Your best bet is to check the “Facilities” link on the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh website here… http://3ap.org/

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