City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. The waning gibbous moon will interfere with the meteor show. Viewing for the South Taurids will be at its best in the early morning hours, after moonset, but the peak number of meteors is expected to be only about 7 per hour.
Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The South Taurids Meteor Shower appears near the constellation Taurus the Bull.
|Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73, FreeDigitalPhotos|
Check out these sites for more information about the South Taurids Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe:
- Spacedex 2012 Meteor Shower viewing guide
- StarDate 2012 Meteor Showers
- EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2012
- American Meteor Society
- Meteor Showers Online: Taurids
- Chandra X-Ray Observatory: Taurus the Bull
- The Holiday Whiz: Taurus, April 20 to May 20
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