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For Tampa Bay, this meteor shower will be hard to see

Maybe you've heard about the Orionid meteor shower that is lighting up the predawn skies.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, forget about it. You won't see much.

"Anything done in Pinellas County is a waste of time. Tampa, too," said Dan Bricker, a member of the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club since 1975. "Everything is so built out, it's all the same with the light pollution. It's a shame."

Stargazers would be fortunate to spot two dim streaks an hour. But if you're really curious, Bricker recommends finding a spot 25 to 30 miles into the countryside, if you can.

The meteor showers are remnants of Halley's comet and emanate near the Orion constellation.

For Tampa Bay, this meteor shower will be hard to see 10/21/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:01am]
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