FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — November 2020 will feature two meteor showers and a lunar eclipse.
The first meteor shower of November is called the Northern Taurid which usually occurs simultaneously in late October and early November with the Southern Taurid meteor shower.
During this time, there is sometimes an uptick in fireball activity.
According to the American Meteor Society, there is about a seven year period between these fireball storms.
In 2008 and 2015, both showers produced significant fireball activity.
Over the 2020 Halloween weekend, three separate fireballs were spotted.
On Halloween night, there were roughly 200 reports of two separate fireballs spotted across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
The next sighting was on November 1, where over 70 reports of a fireball were reported across the South and Mid-Atlantic.
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) November 2, 2020
The Southern Taurids peaked on November 3 and the Northern Taurids will peak on November 11-12 with approximately five meteors an hour.
The following week will feature the Leonid meteor showers which will peak on November 16-17.
According to NASA, the shower is expected to produce 15-20 meteors per hour.
It will feature some of the fastest moving meteors at about 44 miles per second.
The best time to view the meteor showers will be from about Midnight to dawn.
By November 30, a penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible for North and South America.
A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and the moon are not quite aligned perfectly.
Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface and it's in the Earth's lighter shadow called the penumbra.
— NASA (@NASA) February 10, 2017
As a result, the moon will appear slightly darker.
According to space.com, the event will begin on November 30 at 2:32 a.m. EST and it will last for approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes.
It will be at its maximum eclipse at around 4:42 a.m. EST.
This will be the last lunar event visible to North America until 2021.