Mongolia | Orionid Meteor Shower
I suspect that many of you, like me, will be up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the 21st, to witness the annual Orionid Meteor Shower. If you have not already made your viewing plans you should do so now. The shower will be at its peak between midnight and dawn. In some years—when there is a dark, moonless sky—you can see 20 or more Orionid meteors every hour. Unfortunately, this year a Waning Moon (53.867% illumination at 3:00 a.m. on the 21st) will wash out all but the brightest Orionids. Still, we should be able to spot about ten an hour. I will be watching the meteor shower from the rocky pinnacle behind my lair in Zaisin Tolgoi. This outlook, where I frequently go to view the Heavens, is just to the east of the Khiimoryn Ovoo. As you probably know, it was sky-gazer E. C. Herrick from Connecticut, in the USA, who first documented the Orionid Meteor Shower in 1839, so you might want to include a few kind words for him in your prayers Tuesday morning.
Daytime view from the Pinnacle behind my Lair. The hill in the center is Zaisan Tolgoi, with Ulaan Baatar beyond.