November 4, 2021 7 min read
November brings the opportunity to witness multiple meteor showers that are set to illuminate and grace the night sky throughout the month. Although October brought the opportunity to view these phenomenal meteor showers as well, viewing them was no less than a challenge for stargazers. Clouds obscured the sky across most places of the world due to October showers. This month however is more promising and will have stargazers embark on a beautiful astronomical journey.
If you're an avid night sky enthusiast, this month has quite a few meteor showers for you to catch the glimpse of a shooting star and even an incredible fireball.
Let’s find out more about these meteor showers:
Taurid meteor shower
When: Early November
The first two meteor showers in November are not particularly strong, but they might still be worth a view on a cloud-free night in the first half of the month.
The Southern Taurid meteor shower will peak during the first week of November, followed by the Northern Taurids, which will peak a week later.
Both showers have broad peaks rather than peaking on one specific night and only offer around five meteors per hour. However, both showers are known for their spectacular fireballs. India will be able to catch a glimpse of this dazzling shower this month on November 11 and 12. It will carry on for a few days after as well but these two are its peak days. Most cities of India including Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, etc will witness it.
Leonid meteor shower
When: Nov. 17-18
The third meteor shower of November could prove to be the most active as the Leonids peak on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 17, into the early morning of Thursday, Nov. 18.
The Leonid shower is best known for producing meteor storms in the years 1833, 1866, 1966, 1999, and 2001, generating some of the most bewitching exhibits in recent history. The Leonids will be most visible in the Northern Hemisphere, but can also be seen from the Southern Hemisphere. India lies in the Northern Hemisphere.
We suggest that you ensure you are under dark skies and have an unrestrained view towards the south direction. Also, your bare eyes are the best instrument to see meteors.
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We will soon be back with another round of one such marvelous cosmic event in the Cosmic Saga series. Till then, stay tuned and Learn Practically!
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