There are two Taurid meteor showers: Northern and Southern. This is because they originate from the debris left behind by two different objects.
- Northern: Asteroid 2004 TG10; and
- Southern: Comet Encke
These two showers overlap into one shower, with two different peaks. Observers note that the meteors in these showers tend to be slower, taking their time to transit the sky, producing some extremely bright bolides. At peak, the Taurids only produce about 5 – 10 meteors per hour. This year the Moon is near new (New Moon on the 7th, First Quarter on the 15th), improving the viewing conditions.