Did anyone catch the Orionid meteor shower a few weeks ago? It is my firm belief that people care more about astrological happenings now more than ever because it's the one of the few things politics can't ruin. In fact, it might be the one thing our president actually makes better, like on solar eclipse day when he stared directly into the sun, thus spurring dozens of hilarious memes, which are medically proven to reduce stress and make all Americans happier (maybe?).
So, good news for you witches and wizards out there: Another sky spectacle is headed your way, as the Taurids meteor shower will be visible this November in both the northern and southern hemispheres. How can you see the Taurids meteor shower in 2017? Well, look up, of course, but here are a few specifics to help you search for it when the time comes.
The Taurids meteor shower is said to be the slightly more chill version of its sister shower, Orionid. The Taurids won't be as consistent or as bright as Orionid was, but Space.com says the few, sporadic bursts of star clusters you'll be able to see are worth it: think more contained fireballs instead of sparkling groups. Hopefully it won't be too cold outside, depending on where you live, and you can spend your last few moments hanging out outdoors before winter truly hits and none of us ever want to leave our apartments again.
To get into the spirit, grab some hot chocolate, or mulled wine if you're testing out your pre-Thanksgiving batch, and appreciate the true beauty of our one home: planet Earth.
What Does Taurids Mean?
As you may have guessed from the name, the Taurids meteor shower comes from the constellation Taurus. Taurids is named after this constellation because you can see it in the exact location where you can map out the Taurus constellation in the sky. This is particularly interesting because we will also have a full moon in Taurus on Nov. 4, which will bring out spiritual properties in those who may usually be non-believers.
Taureans are a classic Earth sign, meaning they feel very connected to the elements and those around them. However, Taureans are notoriously stuck in their ways, so if a lack of compromise is causing a stir in your friendships or relationships, you can go ahead and blame the moon. If you feeling like owning the Taurus energy, try lighting some incense or sage around your apartment, and think about what negative energies you should be cleansing yourself of.
What Day Will The Shower Be Visible?
This shower is referred to as the Taurids because there are Taurids showers in both the northern and southern hemispheres. According to Space.com, the Taurids shower will peak on Nov. 10 in the northern hemisphere. The southern hemisphere Taurid shower, however, peaked in October around the same time, but will still be somewhat visible this month.
Finding the shower itself will be slightly more difficult. Unlike the Orionid shower, which was visible around 1 a.m., astronomers are suggesting you look for the Taurids just before daylight, and at times when the moon is the least visible. Unfortunately, whether or not you see anything at all is totally a gamble thanks to the small number of meteorids. According to Space.com, you should be prepared to look for the Taurids for a while. Remember, the meteor shower originates from within the Taurus constellation, so familiarize yourself with the constellation ahead of time so you'll be able to spot it more easily when it counts.
Honestly, if you live in a city, it's probably not worth it, but if you live out in the country or in a relatively low-lit area, this site could definitely be one for the books. If all else fails, you can catch it next year. The Taurids appear every November.
Happy meteor hunting!