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TAURID METEORS TO PEAK MONDAY MORNING
BRIDGEPORT, WV (S-M) - The Taurid meteor shower will peak Monday morning in a display that is know for its bright meteors. Meteors will emanate from Taurus, in the eastern sky before dawn.
"You won't get many meteors out of the Taurids," said Senior Editor Glen Ward. "Only about eight meteors per hour. But those that do show are usually whoppers. The Taurids cause more UFO reports than any other shower."
The Taurids are caused when dust and pieces of debris from Comet Encke streak through Earth's atmosphere. It is believed that Encke and the debris formed when a larger comet disintegrated about 25,000 years ago. The Earth's orbit takes it through the debris stream in late October and early November, causing the shower.