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Look Up! Great Balls of Fire – Taurid Meteor Shower

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The Taurid meteor shower peaks November 5-12. According to the American Meteor Society, the Taurids are known for the fireballs they produce. This year may have more Taurid fireballs than normal. This is due to the fact that the Earth will encounter larger than normal particles shed by comet 2P/Encke, the parent comet of the the Taurids.

(November Meteors by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, 1868)
(November Meteors by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, 1868)

The American Meteor Society says the Taurid meteors will shoot upwards from the eastern sky during the evening hours. Near midnight, they will shoot from an area high in the southern sky. In the late morning hours, they will shoot upwards from the western sky. Unlike most meteors, the Taurids are not fast.

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