A bright Taurid meteor descends across a sky featuring a glowing aurora over Lake Simcoe on Nov. 9, 2015

Don’t miss the brilliant Taurid meteor shower next week

Over the next week, keep a close eye on the night sky for the possibility of spotting an unusually bright meteor, as there’s a chance Earth will encounter a swarm of unusually large particles capable of generating some really eye-catching bright balls. of fire, the kind that prompts the unsuspecting public to call the police.

Every year around this time, Earth passes through a large stream of debris left behind by periodic comet Encke. The dusty material associated with this comet hits Earth’s atmosphere at around 19 miles (30 km) per second and burns up, creating the Taurid meteor shower.

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