A Big Meteor Shower Is About to Peak for Five Straight Days
A huge meteor shower is about to peak, starting the evening of November 5.
The Taurid meteor shower happens every year in October and November, but the peak is the best part. There’s a good chance sky watchers will see multiple fireballs, which are shed by comet 2P/Encke, the parent comet of the Taurids.
The peak is expected to last through November 10.
“During the evening hours Taurid meteors will shoot upwards from the eastern sky. Near midnight they sill shoot from an area high in the southern sky (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). In the late morning hours they will shoot upwards from the western sky,” noted the American Meteorological Society.
“Unlike most meteors, the Taurids are not fast. The fireball class meteors are usually vividly colored and may fragment before they completely disintegrate.”
Bill Cooke of NASA added in a blog post that “Bright Taurid fireballs may be more numerous this year, according to some scientists.”
“Most years the shower is weak, and only a few Taurid meteors can be seen each night. Other years, the Taurids can put on a show,” he noted.
The best time to watch for fireballs is after midnight, in a place away from bright lights where the sky is dark and clear with no moonlight.