Don’t Miss The Taurid Meteor Shower That Peaks Tonight

James Marshall
November 6, 2019

The universe is going to put on its own fireworks display this Bonfire Night.

Whether it's from your garden or a park, the skies will light up across the United Kingdom later today. This year, the sky is playing host to the annual meteor showers on November 5, also known as Bonfire Day in the United Kingdom and astronomers predict there will be around five to ten shooting stars appearing every hour!

The Taurid meteor shower is believed to be the source of the 500ft meteor which exploded in the sky over the Stony Tunguska River in 1908.

According to EarthSky, Taurids are rather slow-moving meteors - they travel at speeds of about 65 miles per hour - that produce their greatest numbers in the few hours before midnight.

When is the Taurid Meteor Shower?

This year, the Taurid meteor showers will peak on November 5. While all of these slow-moving meteors can be seen throughout the night in the northern hemisphere, the South Taurids are most visible on November 5 through November 7.

There's also a First Quarter Moon tonight - a primary moon phase when we can see exactly half of the moon's surface illuminated. In 2019, the first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving the sky dark and ideal for meteor viewing'.

NASA said: 'Taurid meteors can be seen any time the constellation Taurus is above the horizon during the months of September, October and November.

'The best time to search for Taurids is after 12 PM, when Taurus is high in the sky, and when the sky is dim and clear, with no evening glow to veil the fainter meteors.

What is the Taurid Meteor Shower?

The Taurid Meteor Shower is actually made up of two separate streams.

Taurids is created by the debris from Encke's Comet, which has a uniquely short orbital period of just 3.3 years to make a trip around the sun.

When is the next meteor shower?

This year, they will peak on the night of November 5.

If you miss tonight's shower, thankfully there's not too long to wait until the next one.

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