Article written by: Helen McLoughlin – Education Officer
October is over and the nights are drawing in. Instead of lamenting the fact that we are driving to and from work in the dark, let’s think of the positives – more time to stargaze! And there are plenty of interesting objects and constellations to look out for in November.
To begin with, there are a few meteorite showers to look out for this month. The first one is the Taurids Meteor Shower, which will reach it’s maximum rate of activity on the 4th November. This year the Moon will be 27 days old at the time of peak activity so there will be very little light interference from it. The shower appears to originate in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, however the shooting stars can be seen from all over the night sky.
Taurus is known for having the fiery red eye of the bull, otherwise known as the star Aldebaran. It is 65 light years away and is a giant orange star.
These types of annual meteor showers appear when streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids cross the Earth’s orbit. As these small bits ...