Taurid Meteor Shower 2016
Taurid Fireball Credit: Bill Allen @OutwestK9
The Taurid meteor shower is one of the annual meteor showers. It’s not a shower with lots of meteors like the Geminids in December or Perseids in summer, but the few meteors it produces are incredibly bright fireballs! Well worth looking out for.
What are Taurids?
The Taurid meteor shower originates from the dust trail of comet Encke. Debris left behind as the comet moved closer to the sun and released dust and gas in it’s tail.
Annually at this time of year the Earth passes through this trail and the dust and debris hits the atmosphere, causing bright flashes and streaks of light as the debris burns up. These are called meteors. Some larger pieces of debris sometimes make it to the ground and these are called meteorites. When the Earth encounters a trail of debris from a comet causing many meteors, it’s known as a meteor shower.
How to Spot Taurid Meteors
Spotting Taurid meteors and any other meteor shower is extremely easy! You don’t need any fancy equipment or be a knowledgeable astronomer. All you have to do is be patient, comfortable and be able to hold ...