By Paul Rogers
"Election season is winding down, and the World Series is over.
Searching for some new evening entertainment? Look up.
Starting Monday and continuing for the next two weeks, two prominent meteor showers will be lighting up the night sky with flashes of fireballs and shooting stars.
The first, the Taurid meteors -- sometimes called the "Halloween Fireballs" -- appear every fall between mid-October and early December. Astronomers say that because of the peak of activity and the brightness of the moon, the seven days between Monday and Nov. 12 should make for the best viewing this year.
The second, the Leonid meteors, are expected to be best viewed around Nov. 17, although they will be active all month.
If conditions are right, the Taurids should produce about five visible shooting stars per hour, and the Leonids 15 or more, although the Taurids can be slower-moving and brighter.
Stargazers say the best viewing is well after midnight in remote areas, away from the light pollution of cities."
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