The Taurid meteor shower peaks tonight, making this an excellent time to go out and look for shooting stars.
The Taurids originate with a debris stream left from Comet 2P/Encke. There are actually two streams from this comet, and we passed through the first one about a week ago. Taurids are not that numerous, but are usually quite bright, so it's always a treat to see one.
No special equipment is needed for meteor watching; just keep an eye on the sky for the next couple of nights. And getting some practice now will have you good and ready for next week's Leonid shower.
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