It’s not a meteor shower astronomers really talk that much about, although this year it’s put on quite a show —; and it’s not over.
The Taurid meteor shower (there are actually two: the southern Taurids and the northern Taurids), isn’t a particularly active shower, with just a mere five appearing in its peak.
However, some years —; most notably in 2005 and 2008 —; the shower has produced some impressive fireballs, extremely bright meteors. It was anticipated that this year would be a “swarm” year, with many more fireballs lighting up our sky. And it turns out, the predictions were correct.
Fireballs outshining the moon have been reported in several countries, including Canada. A fireball was seen over Toronto as it broke apart on Tuesday night.
WATCH: Large meteor lights up the skies over Poland
Martin Popek put together a video of some impressive fireballs over Poland this week.
And the great part is, you still have time to see it for yourself.
It’s anticipated that the fireball activity could last until around Nov. 11 or 12, when the northern Taurids usually peak.
“…exploding meteors–all brighter than Venus, one as bright as a cresent Moon.” #Taurids PIC: Martin Popek, Czech pic.twitter长沙桑拿/Yk4eRnYl1D
— Jeff Schwartz (@SchwartzNow) November 5, 2015
@VirtualAstro I caught a #Meteor over #Cologne seen from #Bensberg this night. #Startrails pic.twitter长沙桑拿/F0FXtsXoSD
— Florian Seiffert (@_fina_) November 3, 2015
Around 7 AM this morning near Casselton. Most meteors burn up before hitting the ground. #VNLStormTeam #meteor https://t.co/sLSiB3pqFZ—
Hutch Johnson (@WeatherHutchVNL) November 02, 2015
If you’ve got clear skies, you can head out to catch them for yourself.
You need to look up, of course, but more specifically, toward the constellation Taurus, after which the shower is named. The radiant, or place where the meteors appear to originate, is in Taurus.
The constellation rises in the east about two hours after sunset. It’s better to wait until it’s darker and Taurus has risen higher in the sky. However, meteors have also been seen in the early evening.
The radiant of the Taurid meteor shower Courtesy of Stellarium
The radiant of the Taurid meteor shower
Courtesy of Stellarium
So if you get the chance and the weather co-operates, head outside and be patient: sometimes it might take a while, but you’re likely to be impressed.