(Possible) Taurid Fireball Meteor Shower

November 4, 2020 – November 5, 2020 all-day America/Chicago Timezone

Keep your fingers crossed! Every now and then (like in 2008) the Taurid meteor shower — normally modest — produces spectacular fireballs visible even in fairly bright moonlight like we’ll have tonight.

The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.