Guiding You Through the Taurid Meteor Showers of 2023

Curious and excited about the Taurid Meteor Showers in 2023? We've got the answers you need.

Have you observed the meteor showers before?

November brings not one, but three meteor showers: the South Taurids, North Taurids, and the Leonids.

But what exactly are the Taurids? Named after Taurus, they appear to originate from this constellation. The South Taurids peak from November 2-4.

Their radiant point lies in southern Taurus, while the Northern Taurids peak from November 12–14, originating from the northern part of the constellation.

What makes the Taurids unique is that you can see them in the evening, as the radiant point (Taurus) is high in the sky all night.

These slow-moving meteors enter Earth's atmosphere at 17 miles per second and display a range of vibrant colors.

The Taurids result from the dust of the comet Encke, named after the 18th-century German astronomer Johann Franz Encke.

Here's what you need to know about the Taurid Meteor Showers in 2023.

Look to the southern sky from November 6—13, but keep in mind that the waning Moon may hinder late-night viewing until November 9.

Expect around 10 shooting stars per hour. If you're not an early riser, the period from November 10-13 might be better for you.

The Taurids' unusually long duration provides ample opportunities to witness this celestial event, making it an astronomical spectacle you won't want to miss.