How to See the Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 - 3:11PM
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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 - 3:11PM
How to See the Draconid Meteor Shower Tonight
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October is a fantastic month: the summer heat finally begins to give way to more moderate temperatures, the leaves turn, and the nights begin to grow long. If you happen to be enjoying the autumnal night outside this evening, you may be fortunate to catch a glimpse of the Draconid meteor shower. 


According to NASA, the Draconids are caused by a small comet, 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner, which showers Earth ice, dust, and other debris from its tail as it makes its way around the Sun. Although the shower peaked yesterday, there's still a chance to catch some of these "shooting stars," especially if you're lucky enough to live in an area with little light pollution. To find it, look for the constellation Draco just after the sun sets. The Draconids appear to radiate from the constellation's "head," hence their name. Although last year's showers were spectacular due to the proximity of the comet to Earth, this year is unlikely to be quite so dramatic. Nevertheless, it's a chance to watch the skies and make a wish, if you're so inclined.


If you miss it, fear not: the Southern Taurid showers are expected tomorrow night.

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