Taurids

Over the weekend I managed to catch sight of several shooting stars. This was no mean feat considering the sheer number of fireworks being let off. Of course, shooting stars aren't stars at all, but meteors burning up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. Most of the meteors I saw were Taurids - they appeared to originate from the constellation of Taurus - although I did see a sporadic meteor too. The Taurids are part of the debris trail of Comet Encke, through which the Earth passes at this time each year.

Over recent days there have been sightings of some impressive Taurids and this has increased the number of reported UFO sightings. Science@NASA have some recent pictures and more information about the Taurids.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 07th Nov 2005 (11:24 UTC) | Permalink
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