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Orionid Meteor Shower
Orionid Meteor Shower (click to enlarge)

Orionid Meteor Shower
Date: 20 Oct 2003

More than a dozen meteors from the annual Leonids meteor shower were caught in exposures snapped over three hours in 2003 from a town near Bursa, Turkey.

The above image shows brilliant multiple meteor streaks that can all be connected to a single point in the sky just above the belt of Orion, called the radiant. The Orionids meteors started as sand sized bits expelled from Comet Halley during one of its trips to the inner solar system.

Comet Halley is actually responsible for two known meteor showers. The other one is known as the Eta Aquarids and are visible every May.

Last Update: 6 Jul 2011 (AMB)

Image Credit and Copyright: Tunc Tezel

Credit: Tunc Tezel

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Last Updated: 6 Jul 2011