Next meteor shower about to peak

Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 1:22 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:11 PM MST
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The South Taurid meteor shower, which radiates from the constellation Taurus, peaks this Thursday night, November 5th.

You have to be a bit more patient with this meteor shower, as there are typically only about 7 meteors per hour.  However, the ones that do appear usually produce bright fireballs as the meteors streak across the sky.

According to earthsky.org, the Taurids tend to peak every 7 years, and the last "grand showing" was in 2008.  Hopefully that means we'll have a great showing this weekend!

Earthsky.org also shared this photo of a Taurid fireball taken November 1st by Eliot Herman in Tucson.
 

The best time to view the meteor shower will be from Midnight through dawn Friday morning.  We should still have a decent viewing Friday night into Saturday morning.

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