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Taurid Meteor Shower

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The annual Taurid meteor shower gets underway with a peak around 12th of November. Expect an average zenithal hourly rate of seven meteors per hour.

Earth is due to pass through a swarm of gritty debris from parent comet 2P/Encke sparking the annual Taurid Meteor Shower. When the same thing happened in 2005, sky watchers observed a slow drizzle of midnight fireballs for nearly two weeks.

This shower is much like the Southern Taurids, just active a bit later in the year. When the two showers are active simultaneously in late October and early November, there is sometimes a notable increase in fireball activity. There seems to be a seven year periodicity with these fireballs. 2008 was the last remarkable year. Perhaps 2015 will be the next?

The peak of the Taurid Meteor Shower occurs around the 12th of November and has an average zenithal hourly rate of seven meteors per hour.

Be alert for Taurids
Be alert for Taurids

Last updated on: Saturday 27th May 2017

 

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