Why am I looking up on tattoo Tuesday?October 20, 2015
Today the earth is traveling through the debris (why call it that?) stream of Halley’s Comet. The focal point of the meteors is just above the constellation Orion. Spaceweather says that the best viewing is to look southeast when the sky is still dark before dawn. So then, overcast in my neighborhood.
As the shower intensifies on Oct. 20th, the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) near Tavistock, Ontario, is picking up echoes from the constellation Orion. The bright pink “hot spot” in this radar sky map shows where bits of Halley’s Comet are distintegrating approximately 100 km above Earth’s surface.