Colorado November 07, 2020
You Can See Meteor Showers And A Lunar Eclipse This Month In Colorado
Are you looking for an easy escape that is as beautiful as it is convenient? Then you may want to stay up late — or wake up extremely early — this month, as Colorado will experience several nighttime sky phenomena via these November 2020 meteor showers and lunar eclipses:
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Taking place now through December 10th is the Northern Taurid meteor shower, which is predicted to reach its peak on November 12th.
While you can look in the sky now and catch a glimpse of this unusually long phenomenon — which is caused by the asteroid 2004 TG10 — the evening of the 12th always proves to be the best, as the average 5 meteors an hour will be slower and brighter than ever!
Though they are no longer as visible as they once were, you may even be able to spot the Southern Taurids (caused by the Comet Encke), which are visible from September 10th through November 20th.
As if the 2 Taurids were not reason enough to gaze up at the nighttime sky, Colorado can also see the peak of the Leonid meteor shower on November 16th and 17th.
Associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle, the Leonid meteor shower began November 6th and will last through November 30th, with an expected upwards of 15 to 20 meteors per hour during its 2-day peak.
Not sure where to watch? Needless to say, areas with less light are your best bet, especially Colorado towns that have been distinguished as Dark Sky communities, a la
Dinosaur National Monument and Westcliffe.
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here! For even more to see and do this fall, check out These 2 Colorado Towns Are Considered Some Of The Best Airbnb Destinations In The Country.