Taurids Meteor Shower – The “Halloween Fireballs” Will Peak in November 2008

Where to Look - Taurids

Where to Look - Taurids Meteor Shower November 5th

The Taurids are commonly known as the Halloween Fireballs for their yearly October and November activity. The meteor shower is the result of remnants from the the Comet Encke.  This year the best viewing date will be November 5th and are part of the Southern Taurids Stream (November 12 Is the Peak of The Northern Taurids Shower) The Taurids are commonly slow moving meteors that blaze across the sky in pale orange colors. There are no guarantees when it comes to meteor showers, but I have heard information that there may be a few meteor swarms and fireball patches dropping into an atmosphere near you. Lately, I have noticed a lot of meteor fireball activity being posted on the news in places such as New Mexico, Canada, and Australia. So having said all of this, when and where do you look? You can look toward the constellation Taurus for a start anytime now until November 10th, but as I have always stated meteors can be seen just about anywhere in the sky and I can assure that if a Fireball blasts off, you may never forget it. Please comment here with your November fireball sightings and always, Keep Your Head Up!

16 thoughts on “Taurids Meteor Shower – The “Halloween Fireballs” Will Peak in November 2008

  1. First Quarter MoonI should add that the moon will be in a First Quarter Moon Phase on November 5th. One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon’s disk that is illuminated is increasing. This should be a cause for concern, but Fireballs are usually bright enough not to be affected by the light cast from the moon.

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  3. I just saw two tonight (10/31/08 – 9pm) so far, hopefully, I’ll get a view of a good shower after midnight!

  4. From the hot tub tonight there were 2 bright meteors and 2 smaller ones. It has been great. Thanks for all the info for us new bees.

  5. Sunday night, Nov 2, about 9:50 p.m. — Saw a fireball while on a brisk birthday-present motorcycle ride for my step-daughter, 12-year-old Marina Peralta (Worthington, MN). We were out looking for deer, and checking out this area’s dark lakes and ponds, but there was also some occasional meteor activity we were trying to keep aware of. We’d seen one light up the thin clouds to the southwest. But on the way back into town, having just slowed to watch a big buck and doe run from the ditch into the field, both our attention was immediately distracted toward the constellation Taurus. We both saw a slow, spark-throwing, lazy bright meteor that exploded at the end of a long streak. Fizzle-Pop! I’m guessing we saw a fireball? Didn’t look like meteors we’d *been* looking at.

  6. I saw a fantastic low meteor the night of Oct. 27th or 28th
    But it was low – east to west – in the north – well below Cassiopeia
    Could this have been a Taurid?
    It was so bright I actually saw it through the window behind my computer monitor with the lights on in the house!
    Wish I’d been outside.

  7. Saw a great one tonight, closer to polaris. Big, green and slow moving, the fireball lasted for about 3 seconds.

  8. my dad told me about this shower two nights ago, but i promptly forgot. i walk to and from work in the evenings and coming home at 1:00 am on this perfectly clear night i remembered the rumors and started looking up. i saw one huge fireball that lasted for about 3 seconds! the cool thing is that on almost any given night over the past three weeks on clear nights i’ve seen shooting stars!

  9. last night november 5th 08 we watched the fireworks out of the window of our house at about
    6.50pm and we saw a huge fireball come into sight
    and watched it move straight across the sky we moved to look from our front window and saw it gradually grow smaller into the distance untill it was a pinprick and it disapeared this seemed to last a total of a few minutes and is a vision we will never forget.

  10. Hello Meteor Gazers,

    Thanks for the comments. A person can see a meteor on any given night. The Taurids Meteor Shower and the Orionids Meteor Shower have been both been active since last month in addition to other minor events, but the Taurids seem to always produce wicked, brilliant, and somewhat eerie fireballs.

    Keep Your Head Up!

    -Meteor Mark

  11. My youngest daughter Rachel and I were cat-fishing Thursday night, Nov. 6, between about 8:45pm till almost 2:00am. We fish from a deck on the water of an 1800 acre reservoir about 20 miles west of Richmond,Virginia. Our view of the sky is from due north to the southeast. At about 10pm Rachel saw a “shooting star” followed by 2 others over the next hour and another that I saw that she didn’t. All of these were typical trails of light that burned out. Between about 11pm until a little after midnight we were treated to a nice show in the sky. We both saw 6 meteors. We saw meteors that seemed to be falling away from earth, ie. appeared to get smaller as it traveled across the sky. Another appeared as a pop of sparking light out of nowhere. Several were unusually brighter than any shooting stars we’ve seen before. One looked like a fireball falling toward earth; it was either very large or very close judging by the size of it. It had a bright, tapering wide tail that was green with a yellow glow along the edges. The nose of it was distinct and looked like a ball of fire. the description of what Joe and Marina in post #5 saw sounds very much like what we saw, including the “Fizzle-pop!” sound.
    Something we noticed before the show started was that the sky seemed unusually clear this night. We fish here every week and have never noticed so many stars and small glowing clusters of stars which we now believe are distant galaxies including M31 and M32. Our view is toward the metro Richmond area so there’s plenty of “city light” that interferes with sky-gazing. Could it be that it was just an exceptionally clear night like we’ve never seen before in all the years we’ve been fishing? or is there some other reason why so much more of the heavenly bodies were visible to us this night?

  12. George and Rachel,

    Wow! Congratulations! You saw a Fireball known as a bolide!

    Bolide is derived from the Greek term bolis or to flash. As for the “fizzle pop” sound, that’s rare too! Search this site for, “Do Meteors Make a Sound?” and read the article.

    I want to thank you for your kind contribution to the site because where I am (MYSTIC, CT) it is complete overcast, so I can only live vicariously through you…thanks again.

    The Fireball was probably part of the Taurids Meteor that peaked on November 5th or it could be a stray fireball from the Leonids Meteor shower that is starting next week.

    I can’t fully explain why you saw so many stars in the sky on this clear night, but let me go out on a limb here and suggest that maybe people in the “Big City” have turned off some lights to conserve energy? Imagine that? It most likely was that your view was not hampered by dust or moisture; therefore there may have been less light reflection in the sky.

    This is an educated guess and I am so happy that you could share this with me, bookmark the site and check back with me. I will be updating the site letting you know when to Keep Your Head Up and see some more meteors, stay tuned!

    – Meteor Mark

  13. I live near Milwaukee WI, and on Halloween night during trick-or-treat there was one so bright, and loud the people with their backs turned all turned their heads. It was a very neat and scary experience. I have been very outdoorsish my entire life and have never seen anything like it. It seemed so close to earth.

  14. I live in on the shropshire border of England and Wales in the UK and have been fortunate to have witnessed 2 fireballs. One was sighted on Saturday 22nd November, this was heading east to west and also one was witnessed on Tuesday 25th November this was heading in an easterly direction. Both were seen around the same time before 9pm GMT

  15. Fiona,

    Thanks for your comment. Bookmark our site and check back with us.

    Meteor Mark