The chief astronomer of Jeddah, Eng. Majed Abu Zahra, said through the association’s Facebook page that the Taurus meteors from small showers produce about 5 to 10 meteors per hour at their peak, and there are two separate types, including the “southern revolutionaries” and “northern revolutionaries.”
And he added, it is active from late October to early December, and what is distinctive about it is that it is rich in producing fireballs, which are meteors larger than the usual meteors and are brighter.
The chief astronomer of Jeddah explained that meteor showers are active annually as they cross the globe through the remnants scattered along the orbits of comets and asteroids. Where it strikes pieces the size of a grain of gravel above the atmosphere and burns at an altitude of about 70 to 100 kilometers and appears as meteors.
He pointed out that by determining the speed and direction of these meteorite bodies when they penetrate the earth, it is possible to determine their path through the solar system and know the body responsible for their production, and in the case of the northern revolutionary meteors, their source is the asteroid «TG10 2004».
And the chief astronomer of Jeddah added that to see the meteors of the northern revolutionaries, the observation must be from a dark location far from the lights of cities, after midnight on Wednesday. Where it will launch its starting point in front of the constellation Taurus towards the southeast horizon, but meteors can appear from anywhere in the dome of the sky.
It is noteworthy that the moon will be in the crescent phase at the end of the month, coinciding with the peak of the northern revolutionary meteors, and it will not pose a big problem this year, leaving the sky dark for a better chance to see the northern revolutionary meteors.