Taurid Meteors tonight

Remember this one on video? The Jackson Lake Fireball of 1972

Since we’ll have a clear evening here in Northern California, I thought I’d mention this.

The annual Northern Taurid meteor shower caused by Comet Encke is underway. Although Taurid meteor rates are normally low, only about five meteors per hour, those five can be doozies. The shower is a well-known producer of terrestrial fireballs and lunar explosions. Taurids can appear at any hour of the night, so be alert for meteors tinight

Where to look? See the sky map.

6 thoughts on “Taurid Meteors tonight

  1. That’s not meteor, mate. That’s an alien spaceship on its way to West Virginia to pick up some trailer trash for a little of the old in-out, in-out.

  2. Taurids! Whoever said that?? The Jackson Lake Fireball of 1972 was a summertime event, August 10 to be exact. What are you talking about?

  3. S. Baum, you are correct sir, and I have removed the reference. When I went searching for pictures using Google Image search, this one appeared on a page referencing the Taurids, and I repeated the mistake.
    August 10th would make it a Perseid. Thanks for pointing this out.

  4. Anthony,
    I saw one the other night. I didn’t know the association with the comet. The only reason I saw it was because I awoke early in the morning and turned on the History Channel to find something boring. Unfortunately, “Earth in Peril” or some such show was on and I had to go for a walk to cool off. I can’t recall what word set me off — “alarming” — “unprecedented” — “disturbing” — etc.
    The latest flash across my screen was the statement, “Analyses by Nasa for example use only rural stations to calculate trends.” This was contained in the BBC article “Climate scepticism: The top 10” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/7074601.stm
    This comment was in the response to the urban heat island effect, which is “is real but small; and it has been studied and corrected for.” This brings me to the NASA GISS record of Guangzhou, China:
    Compare the trend from 1980 onwards and the before and after Landsat images:

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