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Fireworks


Let me guess, even if it weren’t Guy Fawkes you’d have thought I was reffering to these.

Remember to stay safe around these fireworks

Remember to stay safe around these fireworks

But I was actually reffering to this kind of ‘firework’.

A bright meteor, called a fireball, streaked across the sky on 8 August 2007 during the Kappa Cygnid meteor shower.

A bright meteor, called a 'fireball', streaked across the sky on 8 August 2007 during the Kappa Cygnid meteor shower.

The Earth is currently passing through a stream of cometary debris. The dencest parts are likely to encountered tonight and on the 12th – though a gibbous moon could obscure them on the 12th. The Taurids do not produce as many meteors as the Leonid or Perseid showers but this could be a good year for them.

The swarm orbits the Sun every 3.4 years. This means the Earth does not encounter it every year.

You could see as many as 20 streak accross the sky every hour, assuming there aren’t too many other fireworks. The Nothern Hemisphere should get the best show (sorry Jen) though the southern will still see a few.

New Scientist Article

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