Taurids


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Taurids

(tor -idz) A minor meteor shower with a double radiant, RA 57°, dec +14° and +22°, that maximizes on Nov. 5. The meteoroid stream is associated with Encke's comet.
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The Taurids are sparse at all times, with zenithal hourly rates reaching only about 5 meteors visible per hour even under ideal conditions.
The Taurids meteor shower, which can be seen at the Shooting Star Supper on Saturday, November 4, is quieter than the Orionids but is known for producing spectacular fireballs, and consists of two separate streams of space dust.
The Taurid meteors are active this month and are best seen in the first week of November before the Moon starts to dominate the night sky.
Since asteroids of sizes of tens to hundreds of meters pose a threat to the ground even if they are intrinsically week, impact hazard increases significantly when the Earth encounters the Taurid new branch every few years," the scientists said in a press release.
The Taurids are bits of debris from Comet 2P/Encke.
The Taurids usually only show low to moderate levels of activity, but several bright, colourful fireballs have already been observed this year so it is well worth keeping an eye out for them.
6[degrees]) (02h) 29 Pluto near the Moon (07h) Moon occults upsilon Sagittarii (23h) 31 First Quarter Moon (04h) Moon occults nu Aquarii (20h) Meteor showers Shower Duration Maximum Orionids Oct 02-Nov 07 Oct 21 Southern Taurids Oct 01-Nov 25 Nov 05 Northern Taurids Oct 01-Nov 25 Nov 12 Deep-sky objects Designation Object type and constellation NGC 6934 globular cluster in Delphinus Saturn Nebula planetary nebula in Aquarius Messier 15 globular cluster in Pegasus NGC 7243 open cluster in Lacerta Helix Nebula planetary nebula in Aquarius NGC 7331 galaxy in Pegasus
Three well known showers, the Orionids, the Taurids and the Leonids, are active during October and November.
The Taurids Meteor shower radiates every year around early November from a point north of, and preceding Aldebaran.
There is an increased risk that Earth will be hit by an asteroid from a meteor stream known as the Taurids, Czech astronomers (https://www.
They continue for many weeks, with two parallel components: the Southern Taurids running roughly through October and early November, and the Northern Taurids from late October through mid-November.