This past weekend marked the peak of the annual Orionid meteor shower. While this shower doesn't have the famed reputation of the Perseids, Geminids, or Leonids, the reports coming into Sky suggest that the Hunter's shooting-star show didn't disappoint. Editor in chief Rick Fienberg was particularly impressed, as the Orionids included "the most amazing fireball I've ever seen in my life." He went on to talk about an Earth-grazing bolide that left behind a lingering 30° dusty train in its wake.
George Gliba reports of a burst of activity as seen from his observing spot in West Virginia in the early morning hours of October 22nd. On a post to the Meteor Observing Mailing List, he wrote: "From 4:45 to 7:45 UT, I observed 119 Orionids, 53 the last hour! There were also many Orionids with trains."