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The Taurid meteor shower, usually a rather unremarkable fall celestial event, has provided some spectacular fireballs aka very bright meteors this year.
Those meteors, appearing from our perspective to come from the constellation Taurus, are a little bit unusual because the comet debris which Earth collides with (this causes meteor showers) are a bit bigger.
here are a couple of them captured in action!

image credit: Jonas Piontek, Leigh-Ann Mitchel,Bill Allen, Jake Stehli

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When was the last time you looked at the night sky after a day of hiking? This gorgeous timelapse video shows the Milky Way over the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park (Utah). Video courtesy of Emily Ogden, media intern at Canyonlands. 🌌

Over the next 3 days we will witness one of natures most spectacular light shows as the Geminid Meteor Shower, known as ‘The King Of Meteor Showers’ comes to it’s peak with up to 150 shooting stars every hour and thousands over the few days. The best time to see them is after 10pm until early morning. They can be seen worldwide.