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Watch for the Orionid Meteor Shower

Watch for the Orionid Meteor Shower”

Catch all the astronomical events in this cosmic-filled November 2020 with the Taurid and Leonid meteor shower, along with the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse to end the month, all without special telescope and equipment, away from the city lights and pollutions. Taurids are expected to show up every November 5 until the 12th, and they are indeed on track to showing up. Still, this month, November is getting all the astronomical wonders that are ideal for chilling under the night sky. It's not necessary to focus on a particular area of the sky, but if you can spot the constellations Leo and Taurus, the Leonids and Taurids will appear to originate from these parts of the sky, respectively, and streak outward like spokes on a wheel. The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London says the Taurids are a relatively slow-paced meteor shower with a speed of 65,000mph across the skies.

When Do the Taurids Peak?

The Southern Taurid branch has already peaked, but can continue to contribute to the overall fireball count. Taurid are born when the earth passes through the debris of Comet 2P-Encke. On the other hand, Northern Taurid is a bit harder to pinpoint. They are the slow-burning meteoroid that can light up the sky for a longer time. In this case, the falling stars are seen from the earth.

On the night of November 10 to 11, the peak shower can be observed, according to The Royal Observatory. It is found that these meteor shows illuminate the night sky equals to the second planet-Venus. After midnight on November 12, which is next Thursday, could be the best viewing - or at least will have the least amount of moonlight.

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The best time to see to watch the Taurid and Leonid meteor showers in the pre-dawn hours. In addition, the moon will be very bright on those nights, which will make the light show slightly less catchy.

There will be a breathtaking show in the night sky, and you will be able to see it all from your home.

The Taurids will be followed by the Geminids - the most abundantly visible meteor shower this year. Their peak will be on December 13 and 14. Southern Taurid meteor shower produces just more than five showers per hour even at their maximum activity.



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