If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re in luck. According to space.com, the North Taurid meteor shower (look towards Taurus) will peak this weekend on November 10 and 11 for viewers in our part of the world. While this particular meteor shower doesn’t have as many shooting stars as say, the Geminid meteor shower happening December 13 and 14, the few that will fall through the sky will be bright and very visible.
According to space.com: 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, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.
The best viewing results will happen in the early morning hours from any dark location. If you miss it this weekend, be sure to catch the Geminid shower (look toward Gemini) in December. Hopefully some of this ‘stellar’ art will get you in the mood!