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Meteor Shower Could Bring Fireballs This Week

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If tonight ends up being (another?) a late night for you, you might want to step outside and take a look up in the skies:

After the Moon sets – around 11 p.m. local time on Nov. 5, later on subsequent nights – some 10 to 15 meteors may appear per hour. They are often yellowish-orange and, as meteors go, appear to move rather slowly. Their name comes from the way they seem to radiate from the constellation Taurus, the Bull, which sits low in the east a couple of hours after sundown and is almost directly overhead by around 1:30 a.m. [Yahoo! News]

This upcoming round of Taurid meteor showers, often thought of as "shooting stars" will contain larger fragments than other meteors, which means we might see something akin to "fireballs" in the sky. If you want to try to get a better look at the Taurids, Griffith Observatory's telescopes are unfortunately only open until 9:45 p.m., so you're on your own.

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