Despite the winds during the day yesterday, last night was pretty clear for star gazing. With the peak of the Orionid meteor shower due, it was with some excitement that we went outside after midnight to watch.
Jupiter was twinkling away wonderfully, while Sirius was also a nice sight. With the moon just setting behind clouds and the horizon on the other side of the sky, it was shaping up to be decent observing.
And within five minutes of stepping outside, the first long tailed meteor streaked across the sky. Normally I’m flicking my head around to Avalon’s call of ‘wow’ as the observing Gods generally don’t appear to favour the direction I happen to be looking in. However this time round I got a good view.
A long tail, head peaking to brightness as it broke up in the atmosphere. All clear and lovely to see.
Unfortunately that was it. After another half hour, there wasn’t another meteor in sight. Setting an alarm for a couple of hours later, and the sky was cloud covered. So not a jot to see there.
Which got me wondering, if a meteor shower is somewhere between 20 and 60 sights a minute, then is one sighting in about an hour a drip?