Hidden in the Night Sky

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The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) by Elihu VedderPublic Domain


Any fireballs from Taurus are unseen tonight.
A bright Moon lights my nightwoods path
on my brief escape from home and
I am hidden from human sight but
for Seven Sisters’ divine, disappointed gaze above.


The South or North Taurid meteor showers are active from late September to late November,
but I read that November 4-5, 2020 is supposed to be a peak.
Unfortunately, that coincides with the Moon being at a bright waning gibbous phase.

The North Taurids peak on the night of November 11-12 when the moonlight
from the waning crescent moon will be much less intense.
A fireball is a nickname given to a particularly bright meteor.

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, are in the north-west of the constellation Taurus.
It is among the star clusters nearest to Earth
and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
In Japan, the constellation is said to have 6 stars and I’m sure all but one of those sisters would be pleased that their stars became the symbol for Subaru cars.


In this dark sky, a constellating dragon

winds around that constant – North Star, Polaris.

But it’s not constant. Nothing is constant.

Draco moves. Polaris moves. The sky changes.

Things are changing as you read this.


Draco shown in a star atlas by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. The circle indicates the changing position of the north celestial pole over a cycle of 26,000 years.