Taurid Meteor Shower a Success!

Is that a Plane? No it’s a Taurid! Taurid Meteor Shower a Success!

15 new Elite Scientists kicked off their Meteor project with the Taurid Meteor Shower watch from the William Perkin AstroTurf Pitch on Friday 4th November.

Although the day was cloudy and rainy, the skies cleared beautifully for the meteor watch from 11.00pm. The evening involved heavily wrapped-up students, lying down on a ground sheet staring up at the sky above Taurus, with Spanish hot chocolate featuring, to keep us all warm.

The night also involved students trying out the Star walk 2 App on the iPads to locate constellations. It was a very exciting night, and around 6 meteors were observed over a 2-hour period. The Taurids are an annual meteor shower associated with the comet Encke. They are named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus, where they are seen to come from in the sky. You can see Orion’s belt attractively set above William Perkin school, which was a key locator for Taurus.

Thanks to Mrs Hamid, Ms Paterson, Ms Vanderveer, and friends for their support on the trip.

Ms Kapila
Elite Scientist Leader
William Perkin CofE High School

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