The Northern Taurids have been blazing through the sky since October, but the annual shower peaks on Nov. 11 and 12. During this time, Earth will be going through the densest part of the debris stream of comet 2P/Encke. The forecast for Wednesday night is looking mostly clear, making conditions favorable for viewing the Northern Taurids. Stargazers can expect to see about five fireballs per hour during peak nights. The farther you live from the city lights, the better your chances of seeing them in action. The brightness of the moon can also affect meteor shower visibility. Fortunately, the moon is in its waning crescent phase and will only be 15% visible during the peak times, according to the American Meteor Society.What to look for? Taurid fireballs look like a streak of light in the sky, but they’re quick! Traveling at 18 miles per second, they only appear for a moment or two. Fun fact time! What’s the difference between meteoroids and meteorites? According to Space.com, as the comet moves around the solar system, it leaves behind bits of material that are called meteoroids. If those comet chunks enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they are called meteors. The friction they encounter while speeding through the Earth’s atmosphere heats them up, sometimes making them visible from the ground. Those chunks that reach the ground, if ever discovered, would be called meteorites.At this point, no Taurid meteorites have ever been found, according NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. He adds, that discovery would be a “holy grail of meteorites.” No one knows how big a Taurid meteorite might be, but Cooke said the comet chunks are estimated to weigh a few ounces.Enjoy the show!

The Northern Taurids have been blazing through the sky since October, but the annual shower peaks on Nov. 11 and 12.

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During this time, Earth will be going through the densest part of the debris stream of comet 2P/Encke.

Comet 2P/Encke

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Comet 2P/Encke

The forecast for Wednesday night is looking mostly clear, making conditions favorable for viewing the Northern Taurids.

Wednesday Night

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Wednesday Night

Stargazers can expect to see about five fireballs per hour during peak nights. The farther you live from the city lights, the better your chances of seeing them in action.

The brightness of the moon can also affect meteor shower visibility.

TONIGHT: Waning Crescent Moon Phase

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TONIGHT: Waning Crescent Moon Phase

Fortunately, the moon is in its waning crescent phase and will only be 15% visible during the peak times, according to the American Meteor Society.

What to look for?

Taurid fireballs look like a streak of light in the sky, but they’re quick!

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Traveling at 18 miles per second, they only appear for a moment or two.

Fun fact time!

What’s the difference between meteoroids and meteorites?

According to Space.com, as the comet moves around the solar system, it leaves behind bits of material that are called meteoroids. If those comet chunks enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they are called meteors. The friction they encounter while speeding through the Earth’s atmosphere heats them up, sometimes making them visible from the ground. Those chunks that reach the ground, if ever discovered, would be called meteorites.

At this point, no Taurid meteorites have ever been found, according NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. He adds, that discovery would be a “holy grail of meteorites.” No one knows how big a Taurid meteorite might be, but Cooke said the comet chunks are estimated to weigh a few ounces.

Enjoy the show!

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