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Taurid meteor stream ‘rich in fireballs’ to peak this week. Here’s when to see it

November 10, 2020
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Taurid meteor stream ‘rich in fireballs’ to peak this week. Here’s when to see itTaurid meteor stream ‘rich in fireballs’ to peak this week. Here’s when to see it

If you look up this week, you could see a bright fireball zooming across the sky.

The North Taurid meteor shower will peak overnight on Nov. 11-12, according to Space.com. The meteor shower typically doesn’t have the most visible shooting stars, but it does give stargazers a chance to see major fireballs.

“Now is the time to watch out for a fireball or two from the long-lasting South or North Taurid meteor showers,” EarthSky reported. “Despite the sparse number of meteors from these overlapping showers, the percentage of fireballs is rather high, so a few Taurids may well overcome the moonlit glare.”

The Taurids are made when Earth travels through a cloud of debris left behind by a comet, according to CNet. Larger pieces of rock could be seen burning up in the atmosphere.

“The Taurids are rich in fireballs, so if you see a Taurid it can be very brilliant and it’ll knock your eyes out, but their rates absolutely suck,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com. “It’s simply the fact that when a Taurid appears it’s usually big and bright.”

The best chance of seeing a fireball is to head outdoors shortly in the first A.M. hours of Nov. 12, EarthSky reported. It’s best to stay away from light pollution and let your eyes adjust.

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