Starting Monday and continuing for the next two weeks, two prominent meteor showers will be lighting up the night sky with flashes of fireballs and shooting stars.
The first, the Taurid meteors - sometimes called the "Halloween Fireballs" - appear every fall between mid-October and early December. Astronomers say that because of the peak of activity and the brightness of the moon, the seven days between Monday and Nov. 12 should make for the best viewing this year.
The second, the Leonid meteors, are expected to be best viewed around Nov. 17, although they will be active all month.
If conditions are right, the Taurids should produce about five visible shooting stars per hour, and the Leonids 15 or more, although the Taurids can be slower-moving and brighter.
Some of us have already seen a meteor tonight.
Do you live near Woodland, OP? It's pretty up there this time of year when the fruit orchards start turning colors.
[quote]If conditions are right...
We have horrible light pollution here where I live in the Northeast. I hate it. Some nights I can only see a handful of stars, let alone the shooting variety.
Thanks, OP. Do you need a telescope to see them?
I saw a big bluish green meteor earlier tonight. No telescope needed.
I'm on the East Coast. There isn't much light pollution here because it's a small town (when the season is over) and a few years ago there was a concerted effort to cut light pollution. But we do get cloudy and/or foggy pretty frequently. Tonight, we're clear.
Ha! Saw another meteor!
It was smaller and more whitish than blue green this time
Tonight is the peak of the Leinid meteor shower. No wonder I am seeing meteors.