TAURID METEOR SHOWER

Posted: November 6, 2008 in Astronomy


TAURID METEOR SHOWER:

The annual Taurid meteor shower is under way and it could be a good show. 2008 is a "swarm year" for the Taurids.

Between Nov. 5th and 12th, Earth is due to pass through an unusually dense swarm of gritty debris from parent comet 2P/Encke. When a similar encounter happened in 2005, sky watchers observed a slow drizzle of midnight fireballs for nearly two weeks.

Whether 2008 will be as good as 2005, however, remains to be seen. In 2005, the swarm encounter was more central; Earth passed through the middle of the cloud. In 2008, forecasters believe we are closer to the outskirts. How much this will affect the shower, no one knows.

The best time to look is during the hours around midnight when the constellation Taurus is high in the sky. 

www.spaceweather.com

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