Taurid Meteor Shower
Taurid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible To Some This Veteran’s Day
A brilliant Halloween moon outshined the performance of this year’s Taurid meteor show, but you may get a good peek at it this Veteran’s Day.
The Taurid meteor shower is one of the longest to make a regular pass by Planet Earth. Some meteors were visible as early as last month in the month-long show. This year, however, the night-time sky in October was illuminated by a so-called Blue Moon, a one-extra full moon from the regular 12 in a calendar year. That makes this Veteran’s Day is one of the best chances to see the shooting stars.
“The overnight hours of Nov. 11 into the morning hours of Nov. 12 is probably the best night to watch the Taurid meteor shower, as the moon — by then a thin waning crescent — will not rise until around 3:15 a.m. (ET), leaving about 9 hours of dark, moonless skies for those looking for Taurids,” Space.com notes.
It earns its name because of its close proximity to the constellation Taurus, which Orion aims at in the night-time sky. Orion starts to appear over the eastern horizon a few hours after dusk in the Northern Hemisphere. That means that once it’s dark, if you can find Orion, you should be able to find the Taurid meteor shower, particularly on a clear night.