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Taurid fireballs


EarthSky –  Release Date: Nov 02, 2015
We’ve been hearing reports of Taurid fireballs! It’s time to start watching for them. Details on the South Taurid shower, and when to watch.
Taurid fireball caught in bright moonlight in Tucson, Arizona.
Taurid fireball caught in bright moonlight by Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona. Photo taken at 3-38 a.m. on November 1, 2015
The South and North Taurid meteor showers aren’t known for their large numbers of meteors, but they are known for having a high percentage of fireballs. There’ve been reports this weekend of some great Taurid fireball sightings, including the one from Eliot Herman in Tucson, above. Beautiful, yes? The peak of this shower is coming up this week. The South Taurids should produce their greatest number of meteors – and hence their greatest number of fireballs – between midnight and dawn on November 5, 2015. Try watching on the morning of November 4, too, and even on the mornings before that. The fireballs are flying!
How can you watch for Taurid fireballs? The good news is that the moon is now waning. Last quarter moon is early morning on November 3, according to clocks in North America. There will be a bright moon between midnight and dawn that morning, but the moon will be less and less obtrusive on the following mornings, leading up to the peak on November 5.
And remember these are fireballs we’re watching for. A little moonlight shouldn’t hinder them, as the photo above by Eliot Herman clearly shows.
In general, the South Taurids typically offer about 7 meteor per hour at their peak. However, the other Taurid shower – the North Taurids – always adds a few more meteors to the mix during the South Taurids’ peak night.
It’s the bright ones you really want to see, after all.
The Taurid meteor stream consists of an extremely wide roadway of far-flung debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. When Earth travels through this belt of comet debris, bits and pieces of Comet 2P Encke smash into the Earth’s upper atmosphere to vaporize as rather slow-moving Taurid meteors (28 km/17 miles per second).
Apparently, the original Taurid stream has been perturbed by Jupiter into two branches: South and North Taurids.
Higher rates of Taurid fireballs might happen in seven-year cycles, and the last grand fireball display was in 2008. That could be good news for Taurid-watchers in 2015!
Comet Encke
Comet Encke, parent of the Taurid meteor shower. Image via Messenger
Bottom line: We’ve been hearing reports of Taurid fireballs! It’s time to start watching for them.
Thank you, Skeen! 😀


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Calendar day; November 2, 2015

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Monday, the 2nd of November, 2015 is the 306th day in 2015 and in the 45th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
November 2, 2015 in the World
The United Nations (UN) have dedicated November 2 as a special day to condemn all attacks against journalists and media workers: The Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
Not all countries are open to freedom of speech and being a journalist can be a life-threatening occupation. According to the UN, more than 700 journalists were killed between 2004 and 2014.
Many of these deaths are either unsolved murders or killings in crossfire/combat. Only a small number of these has led to a conviction.
In late 2013, the UN decided to dedicate November 2 to draw attention to crimes against journalists. The date was chosen in memory of two French journalists. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were brutally murdered in Mali on November 2, 2013. They were seen being beaten before they were driven away in a truck. Some sources say their bodies were found riddled with bullets, while others report their throats may have been cut.
Where is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists?
Recreation Day holiday
November 2, 2015 in Tasmania
Recreation Day holiday takes place on November 02, 2015. Recreation Day is a public holiday in northern Tasmania. It is held on the first Mondayin November, and was instituted to offset Regatta Day in southern Tasmania. It is observed in all parts of Tasmania north of (but not including) Oatlands and Swansea. This area includes Strathgordon, Tarraleah and the West Coast.
Where is Recreation Day holiday?
Nationwide Tasmania
Cookie Monster’s Birthday
November 2, 2015 in the World
Have fun as you celebrate the birthday of everyone’s favorite blue monster with a voracious appetite. Jim Henson created the original version of Cookie Monster for a General Foods commercial in 1966, and the beloved character appeared in the very first episode of Sesame Street in 1969. Cookie Monster’s googly eyes are never too big for his stomach, and he’s always ready to enjoy more cookies!
Cookies are one of the most popular treats during the holiday season, which is fast approaching. Why not embrace your inner Cookie Monster and host a holiday cookie exchange this year? Send a Cookie Monster online invitation to get into the spirit.
Spread the word that “C is for Cookie!” and celebrate Cookie Monster Day with a plate of your favorite cookies, bake cookies with friends, or stop by your favorite bakery!
Where is the event?
National Deviled Egg Day
November 2, 2015 in the USA
Did you know that another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa? This dish is a traditional favorite in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs are made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and seasoning, and can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or main course.
While deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome, the term “deviled” didn’t appear until the 18th century when it was used to describe highly seasoned, fried, or boiled dishes. By the 19th century, the word “deviled” was used to describe hot seasonings in general. Today, not all deviled egg recipes are spicy, but a little cayenne pepper or hot mustard can always give them an extra kick.
Make your favorite family recipe tonight to celebrate National Deviled Egg Day!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 2nd November:
1675 – A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by the Narragansetts during King Philip’s War
1841 – Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
1879 – In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km
1904 – British newspaper “Daily Mirror” begins publishing
1914 – Great Britain annexes Cyprus
1917 – Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
1922 – Allies deliberate over German mark
1930 – Ras (euqiv. Duke) Tafari Makonnen is crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty in Ethiopia
1944 – Auschwitz begins gassing inmates
1947 – Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” flies for 1st (& last) time
1953 – Pakistan becomes islamic republic
1955 – Clarton-Schwerdt & Schaffer discover polio virus
1955 – David Ben-Gurion forms Israeli government
1956 – Israel captures Gaza & Sheham
1957 – The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history
1960 – Penguin Books publishes “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
1960 – Mary Leakey and her team discover the first fossils of Homo habilis, an early human ancestor, at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Homo habilis is thought to be one of the earliest species to make stone tools and lived between 1.4 and 2.3 million years ago
1972 – Goverment of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution
1974 – 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started
1977 – Microbiologist Carl R. Woese and scientists from the University of Illinois announce the identification of methanogens, a form of microbial life (Archaea) dating back some 3.5 billion years
1982 – Fire in Salung tunnel, Afghanistan, 1,000+ Russians die
1988 – The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT
2000 – The first crew arrives at the International Space Station

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