Northern Taurid Interlude

Late Friday night my friend Jeff stopped by the house to observe the night sky. It was a nice clear night, reasonably warm but annoyingly windy. As we gazed upward from the shelter of my observatory we saw a number of Northern Taurid meteors.

I don’t normally go out of my way to watch minor meteor showers. Perhaps I should rethink that for I was pleasantly surprised this night. I was not expecting many with my sky conditions and a partially obstructed view. Over the one and a half hours effective observing time I saw 8 Taurids, including a very bright one that popped. The Northern Taurid meteor shower was forecast to peak this weekend, it must be having a good year.