Good Weekend To Catch Falling Stars; Meteor Shower From Midnight To Dawn


Now is when we miss the late Jack Horkheimer, who ruled at the Planetarium adjoining the Miami Museum of Science. Star Hustler was his moniker and he had more devotees than a matinee idol. Count Blanche August and Edna Buchanan as two of his fave raves..

The annual Orionids meteor shower is caused by a swath of dust and rocks left behind hundreds of years ago by the renowned Halley's Comet. Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said, "Wherever you are, the shooting stars will appear to fall from above the star Betelgeuse (Beetle juice), the bright orange star making the shoulder of the constellation Orion."

Halley's comet orbits the sun every 75 to 76 years and won't be visible from Earth for another 49 years.
 "To get the best view, find a place away from light sources so your eyes can adapt to the darkness. That can take up to 20 minutes. Lie on a blanket or reclining chair to get a full-sky view.

"If you can see all of the stars in the Little Dipper, you have good dark-adapted vision."