October is a month full of night sky events to enjoy. Three meteor showers will reach their peak this month, and two of those will take place this week. Yesterday’s Draconids will be swiftly followed by the Southern Taurids peaking tonight, while the Orionids are coming later in the month.
Wednesday, October 9 coincides with the peak of the Southern Taurid meteor shower.
However, given the proximity to the previous day’s Draconids, there will most likely be an overlap with the meteor showers.
Stargazers will consequently probably see meteors from both showers tonight.
The Moon will unfortunately wash out many of the meteors.
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Catch these when the Taurus constellation is high in the sky, according to NASA.
The Southern Taurid meteor shower is caused by debris from Comet 2P/Encke.
However, those unable to get the opportunity to catch the Southern Taurid shower need not worry.
The Orionids are arriving later in the month and will put on a better show than either of October’s shooting star displays.
How to watch a meteor show:
The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.
No special equipment is required, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.
Those living in urban areas may wish to avoid city lights as much as possible, which can make the meteor shower seem faint.
It could also be an idea to grab a camera before heading out.
Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography.