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Dragon meteor showers peak tonight as stars fill the sky

Dragon meteor showers peak tonight as stars fill the sky”

The second meteor showers, the Orionids, will start later this month, and will peak on October 22. Although this is not the most active of meteor showers, astronomers still expect a handful of shooting stars to light up the night.

The Draconid meteor shower peaks at only five meteors per hour, but it can have some interesting exceptions. Draconid shattering wires are named after the Draco constellations.

The Orionid meteor shower is building slowly to a peak, which occurs this year on the night of 20/21 October. It will surpass 9-10 October and 10-11 November in 2020.

What is Draconid Meteor Shower?

These are formed when the Earth passes through the debris of the Giacobini-Zinner comet.

Experts say that if you miss the peak tonight, you can catch a scene on Thursday, October 8, and you have two chances to catch the awesome event. It is not very intense unlike the other meteor showers, as about only 10 meteors per hour can be seen during this shower.

The Draconid meteor shower is named after the constellation Draco, where they come from.

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The comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner orbits the Sun every six and a half years. This October the Draconids arrive, which can be observed from today, Tuesday the 6th, until the next day the 11th.

It adds: "Looking at devices with bright screens can negatively affect your night vision, so try to stay away from your phone as it will reduce the number of meteors you see".

"This is one shower that's best to watch at nightfall or early evening, not after midnight", EarthSky explains.

And if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the shooting stars tonight, be sure to check your local weather forecast for clouds.

If you are having trouble locating the constellation, there are several great mobile apps that will scan the night sky and tell you where to look.

"This debris stream results in an annual meteor shower: the Draconids, which take place each year in early October".



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