Annual Taurid meteor shower starts Friday night

(Associated Press)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Taurid Meteor Shower will be taking place this weekend.

According to 8News meteorologist Matt DiNardo, viewing conditions for the meteor shower will be best after midnight, closer to dawn both Friday and Saturday night.

Skygazers can expect clear skies both nights, but very chilly temperatures, with lows in the 30s.

The Taurid Meteor Shower takes place annually and is more known for the brightness of its meteors than their frequency. On average, the Taurid Meteor Shower only shows five to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.

But when the meteors do show, Taurid fireballs may streak through the sky.

The meteor shower happens every year the earth passes through the broad dust stream leftover from the comet Encke.

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