While the Taurid meteor shower doesn't have a lot of shooting stars to offer, the few that will streak across the sky this weekend may be bright, spectacular fireballs. The last chance to see them at their best in 2018 is this weekend. Skywatchers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will have two different peak viewing times. But the estimated dates have some wiggle room, because meteor rates will be consistently low throughout the meteor shower. Typically, the Taurids produce only a handful of visible meteors per hour. In 2018, the North Taurid meteor shower peaks this weekend overnight on Sunday and Monday (Nov. 11-12), and is visible from the Northern Hemisphere. (The Southern Hemisphere's South Taurid meteor shower peaked last month on Oct. 9.) However, viewers in both hemispheres can still see meteors through late November, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. The Taurids are associated with Comet Encke. As this object orbits the sun, it leaves … [Read more...] about Taurid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
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The Leonids are one of the best meteor showers skywatchers can catch. Every November, observers can expect peaks of 10 to 15 an hour. Occasionally, the display turns sublime: every 33 years or so, there have been instances of the Leonids producing meteors at a rate of about 1,000 – or more – in an hour. However, this won't happen again until 2034. The 2017 Leonid meteor shower will peak early Friday, Nov. 17, at 3 a.m. EST (0800 GMT). One day later, on Saturday, Nov. 18, the moon will be in its "new" phase, making it extra dark for spotting meteors. Our columnist Joe Rao tells you what to expect. See our full guide here: Leonid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Month The particles appear to emanate from the constellation Leo in the Northern Hemisphere. The source of the meteor shower is Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which is falling apart as it makes periodic runs around the sun and its ices melt from the heat. As Earth runs into the vast number of … [Read more...] about Leonid Meteor Shower: Bright Fireballs in November
AMATEUR astronomers across the country are excitedly anticipating the Draconid Meteor Shower, which is taking place over the weekend. Here’s everything you know about the mesmerising scientific event and the best way to catch it in the UK. What is the Draconid Meteor Shower? The stunning display will see up to 1,000 shooting stars dazzle through the skies this weekend. This scientific phenomenon gets its name from the Draco the Dragon constellation which lies in the far northern part of the sky. The meteors, associated with the Giacobini-Zinner Comet, mean they are sometimes known as the Giacobinids. Every year in October, the Draconid Meteor Shower spawns from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which rounds the sun every 6.6 years. When is the Draconid Meteor Shower taking place? When does it peak? The Draconid shower can best be seen during the evening just as night falls on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. On these days there … [Read more...] about Draconids meteor shower 2017 – when can I see it, what time, how and what time does it peak?
If you're a meteor shower fan, mark Monday evening (Oct. 8) on your calendar, particularly if you live in the mid-Atlantic or northeast United States, as well as the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada. On that night, the Earth will pass through the irregular and surprised-filled Draconid meteor stream. The annual Draconid meteor shower occurs every year around Oct. 8 when the Earth passes through a stream of dust from the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which from here on we’ll refer to as Comet G-Z. so named because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation of Draco, the Dragon. If you live anywhere else across the rest of North America, the predicted peak of this meteor shower will occur during the afternoon, so by nightfall you’ll be looking for any possible lingering stragglers of the display – if there are any to be seen at all. [Draconid Meteor Shower 2018 Guide: When and How to See It] The best known meteor display in October is … [Read more...] about Draconid Meteor Shower 2018 Peaks Monday! Here’s What to Expect.
The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak the night of Oct. 21-22, but the moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. "The moon is going to mess with you," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, and 15-20 meteors per hour should be visible. The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris. "You can see pieces of Halley's Comet during the Eta Aquarids [in May] and the Orionid meteor shower [in October and November]," Cooke told Space.com. Orionid Meteor Shower: Leftovers of Halley's Comet The Orionids are named after the direction from … [Read more...] about Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It