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Taurid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible To Some This Veteran’s Day

KEY POINTS

  • The meteor shower may be debris from a comet
  • There are actually two of them; a southern and northern meteor shower
  • Halloween’s Blue Moon made it tough to see the early start

A brilliant Halloween moon outshined the performance of this year’s Taurid meteor show, but you may get a good peek at it this Veteran’s Day.

The Taurid meteor shower is one of the longest to make a regular pass by Planet Earth. Some meteors were visible as early as last month in the month-long show. This year, however, the night-time sky in October was illuminated by a so-called Blue Moon, a one-extra full moon from the regular 12 in a calendar year. That makes this Veteran’s Day is one of the best chances to see the shooting stars.

“The overnight hours of Nov. 11 into the morning hours of Nov. 12 is probably the best night

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Two meteor showers are bringing shooting stars and fireballs to the night sky this week

Between coronavirus, wildfires and the presidential election, 2020 has been an overwhelming year. But it has also brought breathtaking celestial activity, including a once-in-a-lifetime comet, a close approach with Mars and countless meteor showers. 

November is no exception, as the Leonid and Taurid meteor showers promise to light up the night sky with shooting stars and bright fireballs. In addition, November also brings a supermoon, as well as the infamous cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. 

What are the Leonids and the Taurids? 

The Leonids is a major meteor shower that lights up the sky every year from November 6 to November 30. The shower brings bright, colorful meteors that travel at speeds of 44 miles per second — some of the fastest all year, according to NASA.

Leonids are famous for their fireballs and Earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are massive explosions of light and color, longer than an

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Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks this week

The Northern Taurid meteor showers have been spotted in the sky since October, but the annual shower will peak on November 11 and 12, according to the American Meteor Society.
During this time, Earth will be going through the densest part of the debris stream of comet 2P/Encke, the celestial body giving rise to the Northern Taurid showers, according to Bill Cooke Jr., who heads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

Stargazers can expect to see about five fireballs per hour during those peak nights, Cooke said. Despite the fiery name, fireballs are perfectly safe to view and will not hurt anyone.

Fireballs are meteors that shine brighter than the planet Venus, which is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon, Cooke said. They tend to last for about a second or two, compared to the average meteor, which tends to last less than half a second, said Robert … Read More

Watch the fireball-fueled Northern Taurid meteor shower peak this week

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A Taurid fireball captured in 2015. 


P. Spurny/Czech Academy of Sciences

One of the most explosive meteor showers of the year is active and set to hit an apex of activity soon, which is good news if you’re into seeing a little fire in the sky. 

The Southern Taurid and Northern Taurid showers are active now and tend to produce a lot of sizzle in the form of fireballs that light up the skies. The Southern Taurid branch has already peaked, but can continue to contribute to the overall fireball count. The Northern Taurids are expected to reach maximum activity Wednesday night and into the following morning, according to the American Meteor Society, or AMS.    

The Taurids are produced when Earth drifts through a cloud of debris left behind by Comet 2P/Encke around this time

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You Might See a Fireball in the Sky This Week Thanks to the Taurid Meteor Showers

Photo credit: Barcroft Media - Getty Images
Photo credit: Barcroft Media – Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Between a “ring of fire” solar eclipse, a surprise comet, and a rare blue moon, this year has been full of incredible celestial events. This week, you’ll have another reason to look up at the sky because the Taurid meteor showers could bring fireballs, which is an astronomical term for really bright meteors.

What Are the Taurids?

Split into the Northern Taurids and the Southern Taurids, the Taurids are created by a stream of debris left by Comet Encke entering the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Space.com. Taurid debris streams contain larger meteors than others and they possess a lot of energy. So while they don’t have a high number of meteors (aka shooting stars), the North and South Taurid meteor showers do have a high percentage of fireballs.

When Do the Taurids Peak?

The Taurids started appearing in the night

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The Orionid meteor is fading but still worth checking out. Here’s how

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Halley’s Comet in 1986.


NASA

Look up skywatchers. The Orionid meteor shower officially peaked last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but it should still be worth getting up early for this week. The American Meteor Society forecasts that a handful of meteors or more per hour should be visible.

The Orionids are considered a major meteor shower based on the amount of visible meteors that can be seen racing toward inevitable doom during its active period, which runs roughly from the first week of October to the first week of November.  

The Orionids are really just bits of dust and debris left behind from famed Comet Halley on its previous trips through the inner solar system. As our planet drifts through the cloud of comet detritus each year around this time, all that cosmic gravel

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Orionids, one of the best meteor showers of the year, peaks tonight

After a short hiatus from meteor activity, the annual Orionids meteor shower is back to bring shooting stars to the night sky. It’s visible from about October 2 to November 7, as Earth passes through the debris from Halley’s Comet, but peaks this week on Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21.

And it’s not the only exciting celestial activity this month — October features two full moons, the second of which falls on Halloween, and the closest our planet will be to Mars until 2035. 

What are the Orionids? 

The Orionids, which light up the night sky every October, is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year, according to NASA. 

Orionid meteors are both bright and fast. They travel at about 148,000 miles per hour, or 41 miles per second, into Earth’s atmosphere, often leaving behind glowing “trains” of debris in their

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One of the Most Beautiful Meteor Showers of the Year Will Peak This Week

Photo credit: Danny Lawson - PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: Danny Lawson – PA Images – Getty Images

From Prevention

  • The 2020 Orionid meteor shower lasts from October 2 to November 7, peaking on the morning of Wednesday, October 21.

  • The show is “one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” according to NASA.

  • Later this month, a super-rare Halloween Blue Moon will also illuminate the sky.

October is a busy time for sky-watchers—between an unusually late Harvest Moon and an ultra-rare Halloween Blue Moon, one of the most intense meteor showers of the year, the Orionids, will be visible for much of the month. For fans of spooky season (or space), it’s a must watch.

This year’s Orionid meteor shower lasts from October 2 to November 7, and it’s expected to peak in the early hours of Wednesday, October 21, according to the American Meteor Society. Each night, the shower should be visible from

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Fall’s best meteor shower to peak on Tuesday night

One of the best meteor showers of autumn is set to peak in the coming nights, providing skywatchers a great opportunity to spot some shooting stars ahead of the long, but frigid, winter nights that are right around the corner.

The annual Orionid meteor shower will reach its climax Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning, featuring around 20 meteors per hour across much of the globe. This averages out to a meteor every few minutes.

“The Orionids are a medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity,” the American Meteor Society (AMS) said.

Although just under two dozen meteors per hour are likely, there is a chance that this year’s showing of the Orionids could outperform expectations.

“There is some evidence that a larger than usual peak may occur sometime between 2020 and 2022,” NASA said.

It is unclear how many meteors per hour this translates

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