If you’ve never heard of the North Taurid meteor shower, you may be in for a glorious show in the sky this weekend. The astronomical event, which features slow-motion shooting stars, peaks on November 11 and continues until dawn on November 12.
What is the North Taurid meteor shower, exactly?
The North Taurid meteor shower is a display of bright, spectacular shooting stars caused by the Earth moving through dust left behind by a comet and the heat that makes the meteors glow as they hit our atmosphere. Unlike other meteor showers, like the Orionid, which can produce up to 25 meteors per hour, the North Taurid only produces five to 10 shooting stars each hour. However, the North Taurid’s meteors move much slower than those in other showers, which makes for a remarkable display. After all, shooting stars are always more beautiful when you can fully see (and appreciate) their path.
How to Watch the North Taurid Meteor Shower
The North Taurid meteor shower is a long-lasting one, starting on October 12 and ending December 2. The best day to get a good view is midnight on November 11, when it officially peaks. These stars can appear anywhere in the night sky, so no matter where you’re located, you have a shot at seeing them. Do keep in mind that a clear sky is essential when it comes to properly viewing meteor showers like this, though. If you have a cloudy night ahead of you, it may be difficult to see it clearly, even at its peak. It is possible to see some shooting stars after the peak, but they are few and far between.
If you plan to watch, we hope all your wishes come true!