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Posted: November 09, 2017

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

What You Need to Know: Taurid Meteor Shower


Fireballs in the sky: Weekend meteor shower to offer dazzling display
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 12: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Inspiration Point early on August 12, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post

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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