Friday, November 11, 2011

North Taurids Meteor Shower 2011

The 2011 North Taurids Meteor Shower occurs from October 12th to December 2nd, but is expected to be at its peak on November 11th and 12th. (This meteor shower overlaps with the South Taurids Meteor Shower, which peaked on November 5th and 6th.)

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. The waning gibbous moon, just past full, will make viewing difficult for this year's North Taurids. The peak number of meteors is expected to be about 7 per hour.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The North Taurids Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Taurus the Bull.

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73, FreeDigitalPhotos.

Check out these sites for more information about the North Taurids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe.

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