Taurid meteor shower to peak this week

Stargazers make get treated to one of mother nature’s fireworks shows if the Okanagan gets some clear night skies over the next few days.

The Perseid meteor shower

Stargazers make get treated to one of mother nature’s fireworks shows if the Okanagan gets some clear night skies over the next few days.

The Earth is now passing through a stream left by Comet Encke, which produces the annual Taurid meteor shower.

“This shower is notorious for producing fireballs, and there are signs that this could be a year of enhanced activity,” said Dave Samuhel, a meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

Fireballs are extremely bright meteors that last for several seconds and can light up an entire countryside when they are at their brightest.

Unlike other meteor showers thought the year, the peak of the Taurid shower is drawn out, lasting nearly a week. This year, the peak is expected to occur from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12, but some meteors from the Taurids will continue through the end of the month.

The long peak of the shower means that stargazers will have several opportunities to see the Taurids, and one cloudy night should not prevent people from catching the display.

The best time for viewing the Taurids may prove to be near the end of the shower’s peak during the new moon, occurring the night of Nov. 11 into Nov. 12.  Not only will the new moon make the evenings skies darker, but the long range weather forecast indicates skies could be clearing over the valley on Nov. 10 and 11.

Those heading out to look for the Taurids can do so at any time of the night as they will streak across the sky throughout the entire night. However, you may need to be patient.

“In a given year, this shower typically produces just five to 10 meteors per hour,” Samuhel said. “There are notable swarm years, when this shower really impresses, and 2015 is one of those years.”

Even though the peak will not occur until Wednesday night, people will still be able to see some in the nights leading up to and following the peak.

Just Posted

Penticton council approves 2.9 per cent tax increase in 2020 budget

Council will vote in the new budget at an upcoming meeting in the new year

Penticton resident allegedly has rear car tires stolen

The resident woke up today to find their back tires missing and their car on blocks

Funding sought for family of 15-year-old Summerland girl with cancer

Treatment will involve two weeks in hospital, followed by eight to 10 weeks recovery at home

I’m Just Saying: Our society needs a re-sex education lesson

Jordyn Thomson is a reporter with the Western News

PIB to host new by-election after successful appeal of 2017 results

On Dec. 13, the membership voted to host a new by-election

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Sagmoen’s lawyer argues ‘abuse of power’ in police search

The trial of Curtis Sagmoen continued at the Vernon Law Courts on Friday

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Woman struck, dog killed after collision on Highway 97

Speed is not believed to be a factor and alcohol has been ruled out

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Drug alert for purple fentanyl issued in Kamloops

Interior Health issued an alert for the deadly drug on Friday

Most Read