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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.

Astronomers and star-gazers consider it to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. The Draconid meteor shower is also known as the Giacobinids. It is one of two meteor showers to grace our skies in October.

When Do The Draconids Peak?

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

To get the best view look away from the moon, towards the northern half of the sky.

Do I need astronomy equipment to see ithe Draconids

No, the only thing you will need is a clear and comfortable dark spot. You won't have to use binoculars or a telescope to enjoy the night's sky.

The showers will appear in the sky like shooting stars so be sure to make a wish as they pass you by.

Stragazers should also keep an eye out for the Orionids. It usually peaks much later on in the month, around October 21.

Last updated on: Sunday 4th November 2018

 

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