Draconids meteor shower could be visible this evening

James Marshall
October 9, 2019

While the Draconids are normally quite a minor meteor shower, they have been known to produce spectacular outbursts of hundreds or even thousands of meteors per hour, as happened in 1933, 1946, and 2011.

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky, according to AccuWeather.com.

According to U.S. space agency NASA, the shower produces between 10 and 20 shooting stars an hour.

The Draconid meteor shower is caused when the Earth "collides with bits of debris shed by periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinnerfor", according to NASA.

Stargazers in the USA will get the chance to enjoy three different meteor showers this October, two of which peak back-to-back this week.

The Orionid Meteor Shower is active from October through to November, with experts saying it will peak over the 21 and 22 October.

October is not the only month for cool moon views or planet appearances: The Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers are hitting the night sky this week. These fireballs can appear so bright, they cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

"This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night", Samuhel said.

"This shower favours the Northern Hemisphere but Southern Hemisphere observers might catch some Draconids too".

Meteor shower alert! - the Draconids are coming to a night sky near you.

Like always, the visibility of meteor showers relies on a number of factors, including weather conditions and the location of the stargazer.

You should also try and get away from light pollution if you can.

During the peak of a meteor shower, meteors are visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point.

If you miss the two meteor showers this week, the Orionid meteor shower will peak later this month from October 21-22, bringing about 20 meteors per hour.

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