Taurid Meteor Shower: Peak Nov 5-12

Shawn Johnston • 9 November 2019

Also known as Halloween Fireballs this annual meteor shower is a combination of two separate showers, the North and South Taurid meteor showers. The Taurids occur from Oct. 20 through Nov. 30. The peak of the meteor shower is expected between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 but the best is probably the night of November 5-6.

While the estimated number of meteors are only 5-10 meteors per hour the Taurid's have a reputation for producing a large number of fireballs. Per the American Meteor Society

“The Taurids (both branches) are rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November.”

For more information on the Taurids check out the following links:

  1. Cosmic Pursuits - The Halloween Fireballs
  2. EarthSky - Watch for Taurid fireballs
  3. Space.com - The 2019 Taurid Meteor Shower Peaks Soon

If you go out to observe this meteor shower you should record your observations for credit towards earning the Astronomical League’s Meteor Observing Program

Also check out the attached Night Sky Network meteor watching party handout: Heads Up: It's a Meteor Shower Handout!

Let us know if you go out to watch and if you see any meteors! Below is a video from Space.com showing the Taurid Meteor Shower in 2012. 

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