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Orionids Meteor Shower 2012: Where to Watch in Westwood, Century City

Shooting stars will be flying this weekend. The Orionids meteor shower promises to be a show worth watching.

The offspring of Halley's Comet are about to put on quite a show in the skies of Westwood and Century City.

Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, which will give us the benefit of the annual Orionids meteor shower.

The shower should be at its peak Saturday night, until just before dawn on Sunday. This year, the moon will be setting at approximately midnight, which will keep the sky darkened enough that—barring cloud cover—you should be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour.

Where's the best viewing spot to watch the shower? How about the Westwood Recreation Center, or your front porch or backyard?

To make sure you get the best view possible, remember to check the weather forecast and conditions before you head outside to watch.

Obviously, you'll have more luck catching the shooting stars if you're in a place not polluted by light. Also, large, open spaces offer great, unobstructed views of the sky — if there aren't too many trees getting in the way. And, there is always the beach.

So what makes this shower so cool? First of all, c'mon—it's a show of shooting stars.

Meteor showers get their names from the constellations in the sky where they can be spotted. And what's easier to spot than Orion the Hunter?

The stars tend to shoot from Orion's club, pierce Taurus the Bull, the Gemini twins, Leo the Lion and finally, Canis Major, home of Sirius, the brightest star we can see—well, aside from the sun.

There's also something else that's special about this show: With the second-fastest entry velocity of all the annual meteor showers, meteors from the Orionids produce yellow and green colors and occasionally produce an odd fireball.

Where will you watch the meteor shower? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Ashley Ramirez October 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Where to Watch Orionids Meteor Shower 2012 Live Online? http://bit.ly/ONZNMP
bill October 20, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Will we be able to see this in RIverside, California
Billy October 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Can you see it in Virginia beach ?
Barbara Broide October 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
First off, for those in the Los Angeles area you will need to be certain that the expected "LOW CLOUDS and fog" are not in the basin. When there are clouds and foggy conditions, the city lights tend to create added “fog.” The light pollution and clouds will block your view. If you are serious about viewing live (as opposed to online), you will need to drive past or to the top of the mountains surrounding the basin. Desert viewing is most often very good. Palmdale is a good option up Hwy 14. You can take Hwy 5 north toward Castaic Lake and go east on one of the offramps or head to Mt. Wilson or Mt. Baldy. You can head toward Frasier Park and the Gorman area or east toward the high or low desert areas. The beaches tend to get socked in with low clouds when there isn't a clear evening. You will be watching the sky so bring along a reclining lawn chair or something to lie down upon. The moon sets around midnight and prime viewing time is in the hours just before dawn. All will be able to see it. This is not like an eclipse with limited viewing locations. I'll post some info from discovery.com in a following post...
Barbara Broide October 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
This from Discovery.com: NASA's live view of the Orionids begins tonight at 11 p.m. EDT and ends at 3 a.m. EDT on Sunday (0300 to 0700 GMT). The space agency will provide a Ustream feed of the Orionids from its all-sky camera, as well as a web chat with astronomer Mitzi Adams to answer reader questions. You can access the webcast and video stream here at 11 p.m. tonight: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/orionids2012.html If you plan to watch the Orionids with your own eyes, here are a few meteor-watching tips: Find a dark sky:While the Orionids have been a fairly dependable meteor shower in recent years, the best viewing conditions are in places far from city lights, which can hamper your view. Dress warmly:You may want to take your time observing the Orionids, so a warm jacket to ward off the predawn chill may prove useful. Get comfortable:A reclining lawn chair or other comfy seat can help ease neck strain from constantly looking up for a glimpse of meteors. Add a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and you've got cozy meteor-watching night out! ---- More info available from the LA Times Blog: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/qa-nasa-expert-explains-this-weekends-meteor-shower.html Guardian: http://guardianlv.com/2012/10/what-is-the-modern-and-ancient-meaning-behind-the-2012-orionid-meteor-shower/ ENJOY and have fun!
Meredith Skrzypczak October 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thanks for the great tips, Barbara!

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