Taurid Meteor Shower—November 11 Late night and the following morning, the Taurid meteor shower will peak. The individual meteors appear to radiate from the shower's namesake constellation, Taurus, the bull, which will be riding high in the south during the overnight hours for mid-northern latitude regions. Sky-watchers away from city lights may see as many as 10 to 15 shooting stars an hour, peaking at around 5 a.m. local time on November 11.
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National Geographic By Andrew Fazekas taken from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/skywatching-sky-guide-november-moon-meteor-shower-astronomy/
While the Taurid meteor shower doesn't have a lot of shooting stars to offer, the few that will streak across the sky in the coming days will be bright, spectacular fireballs. Skywatchers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will have two different peak viewing times. But the estimated dates have some wiggle room, because meteor rates will be consistently low throughout the meteor shower. Typically, the Taurids produce only a handful of visible meteors per hour.
"In general, the Taurids are very bright," said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke in an interview with Space.com. "So there may be only five per hour, but they are bright. That's their claim to fame."
In the Northern Hemisphere, the North Taurid meteor shower peaks Nov. 11 to 12. The South Taurid meteor shower peaked in October, but viewers in both hemispheres can still see meteors through late November, Cooke said.
The Taurids are associated with Comet Encke. As this object orbits the sun, it leaves a trail of comet crumbs in its wake. In some years, when Jupiter's orbit brings it close to the comet's trail, the gas giant's gravity nudges the comet particle stream toward Earth, so more meteors are visible to observers here. Astronomers call this an "outburst." That isn't expected to happen this year, but the latest predictions suggest that an outburst will happen in 2019, Cooke said.
Most meteor showers come from tiny fragments that burn up in Earth's atmosphere, but calculations indicate that Comet Encke's debris could produce meteors big enough to survive the trip to the ground. These meteorites have not been discovered yet, Cooke said, adding that such a discovery would be a "holy grail of meteorites." No one knows how big a Taurid meteorite might be, but Cooke said the comet chunks are estimated to weigh a few ounces.
When to see them
Cooke said that it can be hard to pick the best day to look for the Taurids, because the meteor shower is visible for several weeks. The best results will happen in the early morning (just before dawn) from any dark location. On peak viewing days, there may be only a few more meteors per hour than on other days, so the difference is hardly noticeable, he said.
"The rates are low, so be prepared to look for a while," Cooke said.
Observers may also spot some stray shooting stars that are unrelated to the Taurids. These will appear to originate somewhere other than the constellation Taurus and will travel in random directions through the night sky.
Moonlight will interfere with observations around the middle of November, because the full moon peaks on Nov. 14, just two days after the peak of the North Taurid shower. So it is likely best to look for meteors earlier in the month.
Where to look
The Taurids are visible practically anywhere on Earth, except for the South Pole. They appear to originate in the constellation Taurus the bull. To find Taurus, look for the constellation Orion and then peer to the northeast to find the red star Aldebaran, the star in the bull's eye.
Don't look directly at Taurus to find meteors; the shooting stars will be visible all over the night sky. Make sure to move your gaze around the nearby constellations. Meteors closer to the radiant have shorter trails and are more difficult to spot. If you look only at Taurus, you might miss the shooting stars with the most spectacular trails.
Taken from http://www.space.com/34500-leonid-meteor-shower-guide.html
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa