Like a Taurus in a China Shop
Keep an eye towards Taurus this weekend and you might just see a few spectacular meteors. The Taurid meteor shower is taken place rightÂ now and will continue through the weekend, with the peak expected to be after midnight on the 11th and 12th. However forecasts for this evening in the North West of Ireland is calling for relatively clear skies compared to tomorrow and Monday so it might be best to go looking tonight after midnight.
The meteor shower is expected to produce about 10 meteors per hour at is peak, and although this is about average for meteor showers,Â theÂ taurid shower usually produce more fireballs than other showers.
One good meteor is all it takes to make it all worth while.
The Taurus constellation should be easy enough to find, just look for the brightest object in the sky in an east / south eastern direction, this will be Jupiter.Â To the left of Jupiter will be the star Alnath and to the right of Jupiter you will have a cluster of stars called the Hyades and another bright star called Aldebaran. You are staring straight into the eyes of the Taurus bull now.
If you are interested in catching this shower on a time lapse, I would recommend setting your DSLR up as follows.
ISO: 800 / 1600
Shutter: 30 secs
Keep your camera pointing at one part of the sky, don’t go meteor hunting. connect your camera to a laptop and start your time lapse. I usually go for a frame every 45 secs. This give the camera the 30 secs for the shutter and allows 15 secs for the photo to be saved.