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What's the buzz on the Orionid meteor shower last night?

Peak viewing time for the Orionid meteor shower occurred late last night and early this morning.

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"Frank watches all these UFO hunter shows," one woman said to her friend at the beginning of the video. "So he can't help but watch."

"I think I saw one!" exclaimed the woman.

"Dammit," said the other, who must not been looking in the right spot. "I believe you," she said, but in a not very convincing fashion. We don't buy it. We think she was just being diplomatic.

Doom

Then comes a haunting revelation.

"Meteor-watching is like hanging out with dead people," the woman warned. "I am scared to death that a meteor is going to crash into us ... and it's going to take up the whole sky, and we'll know that we're going to die. And we can't do anything about it. It's just going to happen."

"This is my greatest fear," she said.

Then. Nothing. Dead air. Dead space. Then....

"Oh!" the other woman shrieks. "What is that? Is that a plane?"

Did we just happen to stumble on to a real live "Blair Witch Project?" Does doom await the trio?

Ehhh.... Nope. Whatever it was -- passed. If you were hoping for a reappearance of that Halo cloud that looked like a UFO, it didn't happen. Instead, they continued casually talking about the possibility of meteors ending the world.

Highlights

The rest of the conversation dealt with many topics, like the acknowledgement that their footage wasn't going to end up winning any awards:

"I like how we're taking video of literally nothing."

And it reveals these are probably not professional astronomers:

Woman 1: "What is that blob of constellations over there? Is that the Little Dipper?"
Frank: "No, that's not a blob. That's a galaxy."
Woman 1 or 2: "No! You can't see a galaxy!"
Frank: "It's not the Little Dipper, it's too low in the sky.
Woman 1: "So it's a galaxy?"

They determine it's a galaxy before expressing disappointment in the lack of cosmic activity.

"How can there only be one [meteor]? This was not the media shower I was expecting. I was expecting a symphony of meteors. ... One shooting star in five minutes? OMG. I apologize for getting you up at the crack of dawn."

Then, just like in Survivor, the friends turn on each other. One woman went back into the house briefly. The other woman decided this was her chance to bury her...

"Let's tell her she missed it and it was awesome."

Twitter

In the Twitterverse, things were more compact. You were forced to speak briefly. Some were pleased:

jay543: Caught some of the Orionid meteor shower early this morning. Beautiful!

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