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The Taurid Meteor Shower is coming

Meteor shower season is in full swing by now and, despite the last meteor shower having appeared not even two weeks ago, another is coming this week: the Taurids. The good news: one does not have to wait for the weekend in order to start seeing meteors, which are streaking through the sky right now.
Despite what most of the news media may lead you to believe, there is a lot more to the meteor shower than the night of the peak. While most news outlets only focus on the peak night, the fact is that the Taurids are already blazing trails through the sky.

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Like the South Taurids, this shower is long lasting (October 12 ? December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about 7 meteors per hour. Because the South and North Taurids overlap, there?s some chance of catching a few extra meteors in the mix.
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Don't be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are out trick-or-treating this weekend.
There's no reason for alarm. It's just the annual Taurid meteor showers reaching their peak of activity.
The Taurid meteors are so named because they seem to spring outward from the stars of our constellation of Taurus, the Bull, rising in the east as darkness falls in late October and early November.

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The northern Taurids and southern Taurids started to become active about October 1st, but do not reach maximums until early November. Both have fairly slow meteors, with the northern Taurids velocity at 29 km per second, and the southern at 27 km per second.
The Taurids produce bright slow moving orange fireballs.
At maximum in November, both showers will peak at about ZHR rates of 5 meteors per hour.
The Southern Taurids will peak around the 5th November and the Northern Taurids the 12th November. Both these meteor showers are part of the Taurid stream which in turn has been associated with Comet Encke.

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The Taurid meteor shower is underway, and will last the next few days (until the 12th of November).

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Sky watchers could catch a dazzling treat this week, with the peak of what is expected to be an unusually good Taurid meteor shower.
Meteors are bits of dust or rock that plunge into Earth's atmosphere at high speed, producing a glowing trail as they heat up gas particles.

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The Southern Taurid meteor shower peaks on the 5th November. Typical meteor rates are low - only about five meteors per hour, but they sometimes produce bright fireballs.

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