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Taurid Meteor Shower Across the Night Sky

Posted on 11.02.2015

The peak time to see the Trauid meteor shower this year will be November 5-12 according to the American Meteor Society.

The Taurids are best known for their rather impressive visual display, producing extremely bright fireballs. Since there won't be a full moon to brighten the sky and disrupt the view, the next few nights should be interesting from an astronomy perspective. 

The Taurid meteor shower is the result of tiny bits of dust and ice debris left behind by the comet Encke that's orbiting the sun.

As Earth passes through this trail of cosmic debris, the particles (which are moving at 65,000 mph) burn up in the atmosphere, creating the fiery trails called meteors, shooting stars or falling stars.

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