Draconid meteor shower: How to watch


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The shower will peak on Friday night

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The Draconid meteor shower will reach its peak in the northern hemisphere on Friday night.

The short-lived shower, which occurs from October 6 to 10, is the first since the spectacular Perseids of August and is named from the constellation Draco.


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While meteors moving through the sky can be traced back to Draco’s dragon head – the radiant point From which space rocks are visible – shooting stars can be seen from all areas of the sky.

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Specially, American Meteor Society ExplainedDraconids are best seen in the evening, shortly after nightfall.

That said, the shower only produces about 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

The Draconid meteors are caused by debris shed by the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, according to nasa.

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The agency noted that the comet has a six-and-a-half-year-long orbit that periodically takes it near Jupiter, leaving tendrils of dust.

Draconids, sometimes called giacobinids, are also known for the rare explosion and in 2011 observers in Europe counted more than 600 meteors per hour, EarthSky reported last week.

To see the meteor shower, interested parties must locate a dark area with an unobstructed view of the sky and Avoid looking at sources of light To give the eyes a chance to adjust.

Although it is possible to see the shower from the Southern Hemisphere, if the constellation Draco doesn’t rise above the horizon there or rises only briefly, there won’t be much to see.

Stargazers also have a chance to see the Orionids during the shower’s peak on the evening of Wednesday, October 20, though AccuWeather Report That this year’s darshan will be almost influenced by the brightness of the full moon.

More meteor showers, including November’s Leonids and December’s Geminids, are on dock before the end of the year.

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