Backyard Astronomy: November 2015

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There’s not a lot going on in the November sky, but here are couple events you and your family can enjoy, with or without binoculars.

November 5,6: Taurids Meteor Shower. Meteor showers occur when the Earth moves through a cloud of debris left behind by a celestial object, like a comet. The Taurids are unusual in that they are debris from two objects: Asteroid 2004 TG10 and Comet 2P Encke. The meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Taurus. As meteor showers go, this one is wimpy, with a modest 5-10 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs every year from September 7 to December 10, but will peak after midnight in the early morning of the 6th.

November 17,18: Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids are debris from Comet Tempel-Tuttle, and appear to radiate from the constellation Leo. As meteor showers go, this one is average with 15 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs every year from November 6th to November 30th, but will peak after midnight in the early morning of the 18th.

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