Standard Time has returned, but what does that mean? The idea of a “standard” time, and time zones, replaced the Sun as the method for determining noon. Local noon is when the Sun is directly south, but when trains made long distance travel possible in the 1800s, train schedules required standardized, rather than local time.

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.