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Posted by stars4life on Thursday, November 07, 2013 4:56 PM

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/06/large-meteor-shower-lights-up-night-sky-across-the-west/

From the article...

"So-called  Taurid meteor showers, which seem to come from the direction of the constellation Taurus, will reach their peak this year on Nov. 16 through the early morning of Nov. 17. Observers, aided by a full moon, will see 10 to 20 large fireballs every hour."

I guess the moon will help by washing out all the non-large-fireballs...

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, November 07, 2013 5:32 PM

Well, in addition to the obvious mistake about moonlight aiding the visibility of meteors, the author of the article also got the dates of the peaks of the Southern and Northern Taurids (November 5th and 12th) wrong, as well as the ZHRs (5 to 10 per hour), not to mention the fact that nobody is going to be seeing 10 to 20 FIREBALLS per hour.  

The Leonids (15 to 20 per hour) peak on November 17th. 

Dave Mitsky

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