¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week of November 8 to 14, 2015
November has been a great month for meteor showers for a long time. There are two meteor showers this month.
The Northern Taurid shower is produced when dust from Comet 2P/Encke burns up in the upper atmosphere. The Northern Taurid shower peaks around November 12. These meteors appear to radiate from a spot near the Pleiades.
As with most meteor showers, the first Northern Taurids may be seen a few weeks before the peak and the last ones a few weeks after. There is another shower, the Southern Taurids, that peaks in October. As the names should tell you, both showers radiate from Taurus. One radiant is a little north of the other. It’s possible you will see a Southern Taurid in November and think it’s a Northern Taurid.
You don’t have to worry about the distinction if you don’t want to. Very enthusiastic meteor watchers and professional astronomers use video and still pictures to determine which is which. If you take any really good pictures or video, you may want to contact the International Meteor Association. Be sure to note the exact times and dates of ...