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krp
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Reged: 11/10/10

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Taurid Fireballs new
      #5498857 - 11/01/12 02:16 AM

I wasn't planning on watching the Taurid meteor shower since I though it was supposed to be weak. But I came across this article talking about a swarm of Taurid fireballs that is predicted for this year: Taurid Fireballs
Apparently they occur in a 61 year cycle and there were many sighted in 1951. Has anyone seen any fireball meteors recently?


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guangtou
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Reged: 03/27/10

Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: krp]
      #5498918 - 11/01/12 05:06 AM

Thanks for the link. There was a story at space.com about this as well.

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krp
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Reged: 11/10/10

Loc: Central Illinois
Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: guangtou]
      #5512144 - 11/09/12 06:49 PM

I was out for about 6 hours last night, since the clouds finally cleared. I saw about 15-20 meteors, 3 of them being fireballs. There was one that was spectacular around 1:30 AM. It started overhead and went across Gemini, lasting about 5 seconds. It was a yellow-orange color and I could see it breaking into pieces. The meteor was very bright, -10 maybe.

If it's clear this weekend where you live, this meteor shower is worth watching I think.
Here's another article: http://earthsky.org/tonight/north-taurid-meteors-on-november-nights


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sideshowkevin
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Reged: 09/07/12

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Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: krp]
      #5512531 - 11/10/12 12:19 AM

I saw a fireball tonight - I was just looking up from changing EPs and saw the last half or so. Smoky trail from Taurus to Gemini. About -5 or -5.5 mag, I would say.

It will be a clear and warm weekend here, so hopefully I can catch some more!


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REC
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Reged: 10/20/10

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Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: sideshowkevin]
      #5512950 - 11/10/12 10:43 AM

Thanks for the post, keep any eye out for them tonight.

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Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: REC]
      #5514883 - 11/11/12 06:29 PM

I pulled an all-nighter at a "local" dark site last night, during which I spent about 45 minutes actively meteor watching. I counted 13 Northern Taurid meteors throughout the night, including four that were quite notable in terms of brightness. A very bright but short meteor that fragmented right above M45 (the Pleiades) was one of the best. One of my observing buddies and I noticed a bright flash that illuminated the ground at one point but it took place to our backs, unfortunately.

Dave Mitsky


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drbyyz
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Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5515058 - 11/11/12 08:45 PM

Caught a few Friday and Saturday night, but too cold here to convince me to stay out much past midnight for more.

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kfiscus
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Re: Taurid Fireballs new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5518939 - 11/13/12 11:58 PM

Saw two Friday night(11-9-12) while driving across Nebraska. Wish I could have been stargazing instead.

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uniondrone
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Re: Taurid Fireballs [Re: kfiscus]
      #5519661 - 11/14/12 03:05 PM

I saw about a dozen fireballs last night between 10pm and 2am. Since I was hovered over my eyepiece, there were probably many more that I missed. I wasn't sure if they were associated with any particular shower, but most of them originated near Auriga and streaked toward Cassiopeia or Cepheus. One left a "smoke trail" that was visible for about 2 seconds after the meteor flared out. In hindsight, they certainly could have been Taurids.

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