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The Sky Tonight Update: Taurids Meteor Shower, Nov. 4 peak

The Taurids meteor shower is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10.

It peaks this year on the night of November 4. The first quarter moon will set just after midnight leaving dark skies for viewing. Best viewing will be just after midnight from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will appear to radiate from the constellation Taurus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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