Stars in the City

One would expect that the type of stars taking over NYC this weekend would be celebrities, pro athletes and reality TV tycoons. However, this Saturday night into the wee hours of Sunday morning the only stars worth watching will be the falling ones that are part of the Orionid meteor shower.

It will be a dark, moonless night perfect for bundling up and heading to a roof to witness bits and pieces of the legendary Halley’s Comet light up the night sky. The Orionids meteor shower happens each year when Earth’s orbit passes through the debris stream of Comet Halley. When the meteoroids become visible to the naked eye, they hit the Earth’s atmosphere at nearly 90,000 mph.

So far, the forecast for early Sunday morning, which is the best time to view the shower, is clear and cool. There are many groups in NYC that will head out with telescopes and cameras to witness the event, including the Amateur Astronomer’s Association of New York. So find a friend to snuggle up with and head outside early this Sunday morning and watch something more magnificent than a plane zoom over the night sky.

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