You Can Watch Two Meteor Showers Light Up The Skies In Canada This November
Set your calendars.
This November, Canada will be graced with not one, but two epic meteor shower events that are definitely worth setting aside time for.
The first is called the Taurids Meteor Shower, and it produces about 5 to 10 meteors per hour. Though it is a more minor meteor shower, it is distinct in that it consists of two separate streams - one produced by dust grains left by Asteroid 2004, TG10, and the other produced by debris from Comet 2P Encke.
The shower runs from September 7 to December 10, but typically peaks on November 4 or 5, with the best time for viewing being just after midnight.
The second is called the Leonids Meteor Shower, and it typically produces about 15 meteors per hour. However, because the shower has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years, it can produces upwards of hundreds of meteors in certain instances (the last time this happened was in 2001). The Leonids are produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865.
The shower runs from November 6 to 30, with peaks occurring on the 17th and 18th of the same month. The best viewing time is also just after midnight.
In past years, the Taurids were best seen in B.C., Alberta and Atlantic Canada, whereas the Leonids were best seen from almost anywhere with clear, dark skies (which may include parts of southeastern Saskatchewan, eastern Ontario, eastern Quebec, and southern New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia).