Southern Taurid meteor shower

04/11/2018 @ 6:00 pm – 05/11/2018 @ 5:30 am Europe/London Timezone

Some activity from the shower is visible from 20 October to 30 November. The peak of the shower this year is the evening of the 4th into the morning of the 5th. Peak rates are around 10 per hour, but that would be from a dark sky site. The best time to view the shower is after midnight when the radiant will be high in the sky.

This shower is caused by our Earth passing through debris left behind by Comet Encke. The debris is widely spread which is why there are two separate showers and peaks relating to this comet: the Southern Taurids & the Nothern Taurids. Unlike the name suggests, both can be seen from the UK.

To view the shower you should try to get away from light sources. The meteors will originate from the constellation of Taurus but you should lie back and take in a much of the sky as possible, you could see them in any part of the sky.

The image shows the radiant at 23:30 on the 4th

(image is from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software)

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