(redirected from Taurids)
Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Taurids: Leonids


n.1.(Astron.) Any of a group of meteors appearing November 20-23; - so called because they appear to radiate from a point in Taurus.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Beta Taurids is a meteor shower that takes place every year between June 5 and July 18, when the Earth passes through a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke.
Astronomers recently speculated that the Beta Taurids meteor shower that's expected to happen this month could lead to catastrophic and fatal events on Earth.
November 5-6 - Taurids meteor shower Only a minor one, the Taurids produce only about five to 10 meteors per hour.
[delta] Aquariids Jul 29 Jul 21-Aug 29 22 36 [alpha] Capricornids Jul 30 Jul 15 -Aug 25 20 28 Orionids Oct 21 Oct 02--Nov 07 06 20 Southern Taurids Nov 05 Oct 01- Nov 25 03 20 Northern Taurids Nov 12 Oct 01- Nov 25 04 00 Leonids Nov 17 Nov 12--Nov 21 10 08 [alpha] Monocerotids Nov 21 Nov 15--Nov 25 07 48 Dec.
The Taurids are meteor showers that occur twice a year, in late June and late October or early November.
Look for few but possibly fireball-bright Taurids as the Bull ascends in the east and southeast through the evenings, reaching its highest in the middle of the night.
According to the American Meteor Society, there are four major meteor showers that are currently active, including Taurids, which are known to produce bright fireballs in the sky.
Three Shooting Star Suppers will take place on Saturday, October 21, Saturday, November 4 and Friday, November 17, when the Orionids, Taurids and Leonids meteor showers are at their respective peaks.
The Taurids are distinctively slow with the occasional bright flaring meteor.
This diffuse, very-long-lasting shower is quite weak in terms of numbers, with only 5 to 10 visible per hour at best, but some Taurids tend to be unusually bright, with an usual proportion of brilliant fireballs.
Unfortunately, although the maxima of the Orionids, Taurids and Leonids in the autumn of 2012 were all observable with little or no interference from moonlight, generally poor weather hampered observations.
For people who miss the Draconids, though, Meteor Shower Guide and Meteor Shower Calendar offer an alternative - the Northern Taurids shower, which starts on October 20 and peaks on November 12.