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Two meteor showers peak this week, and one may produce “fireballs”

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

The Draconids and Southern Taurids are expected to be active this week


Two meteor showers peaking this week could offer some decent viewing Tuesday through Thursday, according to meteor-watchers, although a moon waxing more than three-quarters full could impair visibility.


The Draconids are expected to be active Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the International Meteor Organization, many years are “quite quiet” with regard to Draconid activity, but last year it reported sightings of more than 100 per hour for several hours at locations in Europe.


“This year, nothing exceptional was expected, but new modelization seems to indicate there may be a small outburst or enhancement of Draconid activity on (Tuesday),” the IMO stated in a report posted Sunday.

The period of activity for the Southern Taurids began last month, but peak activity is expected Wednesday and Thursday. It may produce “fireballs,” which are unusually bright meteors. A fireball last month was seen in the daytime sky over the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Belgium. Another fireball was reported Sunday in the skies between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.


“The shower is active for more than two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity,” according to the American Meteor Society. “The Taurids are rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November.”

This article was first published on 10/8/2019 at: https://theknow.denverpost.com/2019/10/08/draconids-southern-taurids-meteor-shower-viewing-colorado/225997/

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