Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Taurids Meteor Shower 2013 – South Taurid and North Taurid

via Tehran Chronical
Posted by: Posted date: November 14, 2013

It is the time for North Taurid. According to one of the daily radio series, which presents information about the science and nature, the Taurid meteor shower will happen late in the evening tonight until dawn tomorrow.
According to reports, the North Taurid meteors are few and far between at mid-evening and have a tendency to pick up steam around midnight. The reports also suggests that the best time to watch will be the hours before dawn and the expected frequency will be around 5 to 10 Meteors per hour.

The full moon, which in November is called the Beaver moon, is expected to happen next week on Nov.17. According to NASA, Tonight’s moon is expected to be in gibbous phase, which means that the part of moon that is visible will be “greater than half, but not yet a full moon.” But, it is scheduled to set at 1:30 a.m., leaving the night sky dark — and ripe for seeing meteors.
The shower is given the name of Taurus the Bull, as it appears to radiate from the constellation. Every year in late October and early November, the earth passes through a river of space dust associated with Comet Encke. David Asher of the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland, said in a statement that, “At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light a meteor when it disintegrates.”
As compared to Southern hemisphere, the Northern hemisphere will have better viewing options as Taurus the Bull rises higher in the sky.

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