Amateur astronomers and astronomical observers will need to keep a close eye on the sky next week as the Taurid meteor shower could form some impressive fireballs,media reported. Fireballs are a technical term for extremely bright meteors that cross the atmosphere. For those unfamiliar with Taurid, Taurid is divided into North Taurid and South Taurid.
Both are understood to have been formed by debris from Comet Encke. The comet leaves a greater stream of debris than some other comets. Although the Taurids meteor shower does not produce as many meteors as other meteor showers, the size of the debris means that the Taurids meteor shower does produce larger fireballs.
Taurids first appeared in the night sky in late October and will continue to light up on November 27. The peak should be between November 5th and 12th. The best time to watch a meteor shower is from late at night to early morning. The ideal time to find a fireball is just after midnight.
As with any astronomical observation, the best option is to stay away from the bright light. However, tAURIDS produces fireballs that are bright enough to be seen even in cities. For Encke, who is not familiar with the trail of Taurids debris, this is a periodic comet that orbits the sun every 3.3 years, the shortest period of time a fairly bright comet has.
Although the comet does not reflect most of the light that hits it, it does have a huge comet hair and tail, which makes it easier to see when it is closest to the sun. Encke has a core about 4.8 kilometers in diameter. It was first discovered in 1786, but it was not until 1819 that astronomers learned it was a periodic comet.