Northern Taurid Meteor Shower, 12 Nov

Meteor Shower

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Northern Taurid Meteor Shower

Northern Taurid Meteor Shower, 12 Nov

The Taurids are an annual meteor shower, associated with the comet Encke. The Taurids are actually two separate showers, with a Southern and a Northern component. The Southern Taurids originated from Comet Encke, while the Northern Taurids originated from the asteroid 2004 TG10. They are named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus, where they are seen to come from in the sky. Because of their occurrence in late October and early November, they are also called Halloween fireballs.

Encke and the Taurids are believed to be remnants of a much larger comet, which has disintegrated over the past 20-000 to 30.000 years, breaking into several pieces and releasing material by normal cometary activity or perhaps occasionally by close encounters with the tidal force of Earth or other planets. In total, this stream of matter is the largest in the inner solar system. Since the meteor stream is rather spread out in space, Earth takes several weeks to pass through it, causing an extended period of meteor activity, compared with the much smaller periods of activity in other showers. Typically, Taurids appear at a rate of about 5 per hour, moving slowly across the sky at about 27 km/sec (17 miles/sec). If larger than a pebble, these meteors may become bolides as bright as the moon and leave behind smoke trails.

Period: October 20 – December 10

Peak: November 12

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Location: Northern and Southern Emispheres
Date: Nov 12, 2017 00:00
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