Sunday, November 3, 2013

South Taurids Meteor Shower 2013

The 2013 South Taurids Meteor Shower occurs from September 25th to November 25th, 2012, but is expected to be at its peak on November 4th and 5th. (This meteor shower overlaps with the North Taurids Meteor Shower, which is expected to be at its peak on November 11th and 12th.)

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. The waxing crescent moon shouldn't interfere much 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:

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