Monday, November 3, 2008

Mongolia | Taurid Meteor Shower

Canvassing various correspondents, I have discovered that most, if not all of you, ignored my advance notice of the Orionid Meteor Shower back on September 21. Now you will get a reprieve. The Taurid Meteor Shower, weak but long-lasting, will be active from late October through mid-November. Actually, "weak" may not be quite the right word. Taurids are indeed few, but some of them are spectacularly bright. So keep an eye out for fireballs. It is always possible that another Chintamani Stone will fall to earth. Unlike many meteor showers, this one can be seen in the evening as well as the morning hours, so sluggards who cannot get up in the wee-hours of the pre-dawn no longer have an excuse.

And if you go out in the evening of November 7 you will be treated to a jaw-droppingly awesome view of the Sagittarius Teapot cradled between Venus and Jupiter. (You may recall that I mentioned the Sagittarius Teapot Earlier) I am giving you advance notice so you can make your viewing plans now. Don’t miss this one!

Graphic courtesy of Sky & Telescope