And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke -Acts 2:19 (KJV)
The grand finale is expected to climax around midnight on November 12th. As the new moon sets against the dark sky, the fireballs will appear even brighter! The Taurid showers are famous for their long-lasting displays and average around 7-10 meteors per hour. Because they slide lazily through the sky before disintegrating, they often look like fireworks!
“Unlike most meteors, the Taurids are not fast,” the American Meteor Society said. “The fireball class meteors are usually vividly colored and may fragment before they completely disintegrate.”
The meteors that make up the Taurid meteor shower are attributed to far-flung debris, which consists of dust and ice left behind by the tail of Encke Comet 2P. As the comet orbits the sun, the Earth ploughs through the comet debris, and then the meteors — popularly known as “shooting stars” — are produced when the debris enters and burns up in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The results are a stream of vaporizing, slow-moving meteors traveling at 28 km/17 miles per second. Because the Taurids have larger fragments of debris than other comets, they produce bigger and brighter fireballs. The best part is, they last longer!
There are Two Taurid Streams
Space.com reports that the Taurids are divided into the Northern Taurids and the Southern Taurids. The fireballs are named Taurid showers because they appear to come from Taurus, the Bull constellation.
If you see one of these bright beauties, consider filing a report with the American Meteor Society, a group that encourages the study of meteors and tracks meteor activity. The society’s fireball log also lets you check to see where other sightings are coming from and whether anyone else saw the same one you did.
Best Times to View the Shower
To see the meteor shower, your best bet is to look towards the Taurus constellation, where it originates from. You can find out where that is, and when it’s going to be highest in the sky for prime watching, using the free Star Chart app (Android or iPhone).
Midnight November 12th until dawn November 13, 2015, the North Taurids
Like the South Taurids, the North Taurids meteor shower is long-lasting (October 12 – December 2) but modest, and the peak number is forecast to be around 7 meteors per hour. The North and South Taurids combine, however, to provide a nice sprinkling of meteors throughout October and November. Typically, you see the maximum numbers at around midnight, when Taurus the Bull is highest in the sky.
“The annual Taurid meteor shower is going on right now, and we are seeing steady activity in our meteor cameras,” said Bill Cooke, head of the NASA Meteoroid Environments Office. “Individuals should not be surprised if they see a bright meteor or fireball over the next few nights.”
At night, the meteors will streak upwards from the eastern sky. In the morning, the fireballs will move up from the western sky.
While taurids don’t wow with sheer numbers, they sure make up for it in their long-lasting streams. Taurids rapidly appear as a brilliant ball of light that stretches itself into a slow-motion streak, as if it were painted in a long stroke down the midnight sky. Their grand finale is a dramatic burst into a radiant fireball just before disintegrating into thin air. According to NASA, it takes only a pebble-size fragment to create these awesome-looking fireballs.
What a spectacular performance it will be to watch the blazing taurids appear in the midst of the New Moon!
There will be another chance later this month to see bright streaks in the sky when the Leonid meteor shower also kicks in. The much stronger Leonid shower is expected to peak around November 17th.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.-Psalm 104:33(KJV).
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And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.- Joel 2:30 (KJV).
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. -Luke 21:11 (KJV).
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; -Luke 21:25 (KJV).
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. -Colossians 1:16-17 (KJV).
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. -John 1:3 (KJV).
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork -Psalm 19:1 (KJV).
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee – Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV).
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Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:- Amos 5:8 (KJV).
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. -1 Corinthians 15:41 (KJV).
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. – Genesis 1:14 (KJV).
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth – Isaiah 40:26 (KJV).
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded -Isaiah 45:2 (KJV).
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number – Job 9:9-10 (KJV).
“The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. “Lo, these are parts of his ways … (Job 26:11,13-14).
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; – Psalm 8:3 (KJV).
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by theirnames. -Psalm 147:4 (KJV).
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse – Romans 1:20 (KJV).