Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News: Taurid meteor shower to treat us to November fireballs

November 4, 2013 8:33 PM

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Jimmy Westlake’s Celestial News: Taurid meteor shower to treat us to November fireballs

Steamboat Springs — Don’t be surprised if you see a blazing fireball or two streaking across the heavens while you are driving home after dark this week. There’s no reason for alarm. It’s just the annual Taurid meteor showers reaching their peak of activity.

The Taurid meteors are so named because they seem to radiate outward from the direction of our constellation of Taurus the Bull. Taurus is just rising in the east as darkness falls in early November. The source of the Taurid meteors has been traced to a little comet named Encke (pronounced “inky”), ...

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