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11/12/2015 – Ephemeris – The North Taurid meteor shower

November 12, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, November 12th.  The Sun will rise at 7:35.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 42 minutes, setting at 5:18.   The Moon, 1 day past new, will set at 6:19 this evening.

Today is the expected peak of the Northern Taurid meteor shower.  While poor in numbers, the two Taurid showers produce many fireballs, that are really, really bright.  So bright they are not hindered by a bright moon.  They will be visible all night because the radiant, near the head of Taurus the bull will rise in the east by the end of twilight.  The radiant is below the Pleiades star cluster and just above the letter V group of stars that is the head of the bull.  The path of Encke’s comet, which is responsible, crosses near the Earth’s orbit twice a year.  Now and where the Earth is on June 30th.  Those meteors then would seem to come from out of the Sun, leaving some to speculate that the Tunguska event in 1908 was caused by a piece of Encke’s Comet.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

The Taurid Radiant.

The Taurid Radiant

It turns out that Earth isn’t the only planet to have a meteor shower from Encke’s Comet.  It happens to  be Mercury.  Dave Dickinson has a post on Universe Today pointing to an announcement of data returned from the MESSENGER spacecraft that orbited Mercury at the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American  Astronomical Society (#DPS15) meeting this week.

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