Keep your eyes on the sky. Two good meteor showers – the Northern Taurids and Leonids – will peak in the next two weeks, sending shooting stars into streaks in the night sky.
Here’s a look at these November meteor showers, the best times to see them and how well they are active.
Taurid Northern Taurid meteor shower
When: The North Taurid meteor shower hits late October and will continue to run every night through December 10, according to the American Meteor Association. Its peak period will be overnight on Wednesday, November 11 to early morning on Thursday, November 12, when the moon will be around 15% full.
How it works: This shower typically produces only 5 to 10 meteors per hour, with the highest number in the darkest locations. But astronomers say this showers are remarkable because it tends to produce bright fireballs. So this is a movie worth watching because of its quality rather than quantity.
Interesting facts: Taurids get their name from the constellation Taurus.
Leonid meteor shower
When: The annual Leonid meteor shower begins November 6 and will continue until November 30. Its maximum period will be the overnight hours of Monday, November 16 to Tuesday. , November 17, when the moon is only 5% full. .
How it works: This shower typically produces about 15 meteors per hour.
Interesting facts: “The shower is called Leonids because of its radiation, or the point in the sky where meteors appear, in the constellation Leo,” said TimeAndDate.com.
Tips for watching meteor shower
- If you want to see a shooting star, experts suggest that you should look for a dark location – as far away from streetlights and bright city lights as possible. Try going to a park or open field with a beautiful view of the sky.
- You don’t need any special equipment, like telescopes or binoculars. Astronomers say you only need a set of your own eyes, but you should give them about 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness before looking for meteors that shoot across the sky.
- If you have a blanket or a lawn chair, you can lie down and look straight up into the night sky. Experts say it’s better to see the entire sky, not just the starting point of the meteor shower.
- If the moon gives off a lot of light, wait for the moon to set lower in the sky or look as far out into the moonlight as possible.
- Experts say the best time to search for a meteor shower is generally from midnight to before dawn. That’s when meteor showers tend to peak, creating the highest number of meteors per hour.
Note: Some of the information in this report was originally published on NJ.com on October 18, 2020.
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