Leonid & Taurid Meteor Showers

Two notable meteor showers will be seen in November: Dr Sidharth

Fireballs will light up the sky during Northern Taurid meteor shower this week

Wednesday and Thursday represent the peak viewing time to see the fireballs because Earth will be going through the densest part of the debris stream of comet 2P/Encke, Bill Cooke Jr., who heads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told CNN.

The Apex of the Perseid Meteor Shower will be coming this weekend on August 11th and 12th, with the peak of it appearing August 12th at 4PM Pacific time.

It's expected that a skywatcher looking for fireballs shooting across the sky could see an average of five per hour. Despite the fiery name, fireballs are perfectly safe to view and will not hurt anyone. Taurid fireballs look like a streak of light that only lasts for about a second or two. Then look slightly to the west to find the Taurus constellation and the radiant of the Taurid meteor shower where the meteors appear to originate.

So, how come we can see the meteors?

Two notable meteor showers will be seen in November: Dr Sidharth

"I was 13 so I was an obnoxious little teenager, and I saw a very bright Taurid fireball, and I thought that was a really cool thing to happen on Halloween", he said.

American Meteor Society said the "Taurids are not known for their high numbers, rather they are known more for the fireballs they produce". It peaked on October 29 and 30, according to AMS. This shower can be traced back to the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle and has put on some real shows over the centuries in the form of intense meteor storms that produce hundreds of visible meteors per hour.

The meteors travel at speeds of around 44 miles per second and are deemed "to be some of the fastest" in space. Light pollution from cities can make it hard to see, so head to a place with little to no artificial lights. If you miss the Taurid meteor showers, not to worry: The Geminids meteor shower will be peaking mid-December. The best time to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous meteors is the week between November 5 and November 12.

A bright moon, which turned full (blue moon) has obscured the proper sighting of these meteors this year. The Leonids tend to be pretty bright with some persistent trails. The moon, a wafer-thin crescent at this time, will rise around 0315 hrs, and this will give ample time (about 9 hours) of clear skies to sight the Taurids.

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