What You Need to Know: Taurid Meteor Shower

Fireballs in the sky: Weekend meteor shower to offer dazzling display

The Taurids meteor shower peaks this week, and while modest in number, it can be bold in showmanship, known for slashing inky night skies with brilliant, long-lasting fireballs.

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Most astronomy sites have the nights of Saturday and Sunday pegged for the peak of the Taurids, but because the shower tends to only fire-off a handful of meteors per hour, a precise pinnacle can be hard to narrow down.

Adding to the confusion is the Taurids are actually broken into two streams, the North Taurids and the South Taurids, which are known as the Taurid Complex.

Collectively, the Taurids ramble along from late October through most of November.

Still, the online astronomy magazine Earth and Sky marks this weekend as the predicted peak of the North Taurids with the highest chances for a sighting around midnight each night.

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