The Taurid Meteor Shower Will Be At Its Brightest This Month
Good news for avid stargazers: this month is set to mark the peak viewability of the Taurid meteor showers––a natural shooting star phenomenon that looks almost like fireballs soaring through the sky. Don’t worry though, despite its rather aggressive name, the Southern and Northern Taurid meteor showers are just extremely vibrant meteors that can only be spotted during perfectly clear weather conditions.
According to the American Meteor Society, the Taurids (both branches) are “rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November” and while spotting the striking meteor shower does depend largely on the condition of the sky, chances of spotting the phenomenon are heightened to due to the slow rate of 28 kilometers per second that the shower travels.
While the visibility of a meteor shower still largely depends largely on a handful of factors, including geographic coordinates of the observer, the time of day, city light pollution, the North Taurids shower in particular will be the most radiant and easy to spot around midnight in both Victoria Harbour and Yuen Long on November 12, 2020—its peak day in Hong Kong, according to Vercalendario.
That being said, according to the International Meteor Organization, the Taurids meteor shower has been active since Thursday, September 10, 2020 and will technically be visible in Hong Kong until Friday, November, 20, 2020, so if you’re unable to catch a glimpse next week, be sure to keep an eye out further into the month, especially on particularly clear evenings.
For more information on how to spot the striking meteor shower or to learn more about the natural phenomenon, be sure to visit the official International Meteor Organization (IMO) website.
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