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Draconid Meteor Shower

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The Annual Draconid Meteor Shower occurs each year around Oct 8th when Earth passes through a minefield of dusty debris from Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

The Draconid Meteor Shower radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon and peaks on the nights of 7th - 8th of October. This shower had an unusually rich peak in 2011, but meteor rates this year are expected to be back to normal, meaning only a handful of meteors each hour.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, instead of before dawn.

Draconid Meteor Shower Radiant
Draconid Meteor Shower Radiant

Last updated on: Saturday 27th May 2017

 

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