The first of two minor meteor showers peaks tonight, known as the Southern Taurid Meteor Shower, to distinguish it from the Northern Taurids next weekend. This meteor shower remains active from late September through early December, tossing 5 to 10 meteors per hour across the heavens, some blazing a path as brighter, more dramatic fireballs.

Early November can be thought of as “fireball season”, thanks to a few different meteors showers that occur, each featuring relatively large particles, including the southern and northern Taurid Meteor showers. As these larger pieces burn up in the atmosphere, they display bright heads and brief, glowing tails. The waxing Moon will create some minor interference.

Very early tomorrow morning, one of the best conjunctions of a planet and the Moon takes place, featuring the dazzling Venus just barely to the right of the thinning Crescent Moon. They rise just after 2:30 AM EST, due east, then climb delightfully higher into the east-southeast, one third of the way up as the twilight brightens after 5:45 AM.