Skywatchers will have a chance to see one of the best meteor showers of the year. A Taurid meteor shower is expected to be visible for the next week. There may also be bright meteors. Here’s what you need to know so you don’t miss out.
Each year, a broad field of debris left behind by the comet Encke passes by the Earth, with some of that debris interacting with our atmosphere. This creates what we have come to know as the Taurid meteor shower. The yearly event , along with the November Blood Moon, is frequently one of fall’s most spectacular skywatching opportunities.
But the Taurids this year could turn out to be especially bright. They will also be visible at the exact same time that November’s full Moon, making them difficult to spot. The Taurid meteor shower, unlike other showers in the year’s calendar, is the longest-running. Meteors can be seen from October through November, with some visible well into November.
Of course, you’ll have a chance to see the shower from November 5 through November 12, when the Taurids are their most active. During this peak phase, around five to 15 meteors may be visible per hour in clear, dark skies.
But that might be difficult with the full Blood Moon expected to peak on November 8, but some skywatchers will no doubt be able to catch a good look at the streaking fireballs of the Taurid meteor shower as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere.
Back A huge fireball from the meteor Shower streaked across St. Louis ,, giving skywatchers an amazing and frightening view of the Taurid meteorshower. Since scientists have discovered extraterrestrial water in a meteor, meteor showers like this may even bring hope for scientists looking to learn more about our universe. Although there is no way to know if the Taurid meteor shower produces such powerful meteors, it’s always possible if some of these fireballs make it to Earth.
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