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    Default S Taurid meteors



    While my camera was using the scope last night, I stepped outside the observatory to look up. A clear, quite transparent, very dark sky. M31 was naked-eye, but M33 was not.

    While admiring the Pleiades, I saw several meteors coming from a radiant near the Pleiades. Looking up this morning in the Observer's Handbook, I see that they would have been from the S Taurid shower, which peaks tonight. They were bright, with short trails. The shower is highlighted in the Handbook because of the absence of moonlight. It is one of the smaller showers in terms of numbers (ZHR = 10), but I was impressed that I saw several in a short time.

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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Googling the S Taurids, I see that the shower is noted for large particle sizes (i.e. bright meteors), including fireballs. So look up!

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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Nice that you could see this mini-shower Kathy...I will be looking up!
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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Thank you Kathy for the alert!

    I will definitely give it a look tonight,

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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyNS View Post
    Googling the S Taurids, I see that the shower is noted for large particle sizes (i.e. bright meteors), including fireballs. So look up!
    Yes it certainly is!
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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Very nice, Kathy!

    We had a nice fireball here on Friday evening (I did not see it) but several did and a lot of folks are talking about it. A couple of folks even posted their vids to our clubs FB group page, and loads of sighting reports and other vids on the AMS website.

    Cloudy here so no S Taurids for me tonight.
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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Very nice, Kathy!

    We had a nice fireball here on Friday evening (I did not see it) but several did and a lot of folks are talking about it. A couple of folks even posted their vids to our clubs FB group page, and loads of sighting reports and other vids on the AMS website.

    Cloudy here so no S Taurids for me tonight.
    Nice our club has a FB page too looking at other clubs might give me some ideas.
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    I was observing last night and saw ~10 meteors in total, some very bright, green or white with smoke trails. Your description is right on the money. Thanks for IDing this one for me.
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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    I've seen two large bright ones tonight before midnight. Looking good.
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    Default Re: S Taurid meteors

    Watching meteor showers is one of my favorite astronomical activities. The S. Taurids are totally off my radar. Like you, I was out shooting a couple of nights ago when we saw this bright meteor, then another, then another. I had my camera going. I hope I picked something up. I had to look the shower up the next day to realize what I was looking at. This was my first time seeing a Taurid.
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