Draconid Meteor Shower

By: Jill Gilardi, Cheryl Lemke Email
By: Jill Gilardi, Cheryl Lemke Email

If you see a meteor streaking across the sky this evening then it's called a Draconid. The Draconid meteor shower is at its peak and visible during the evening hours instead of late at night.

Simply find a dark, open sky that's away from artificial lights. Plan to spend a long time lounging outside under the stars and try and point your feet to the north or northwest to view the shower. Sunset is at 6:53 pm. Some high level clouds may drift across the sky this evening,partially obscuring your view, but otherwise conditions will not be too bad for viewing tonight.

Even at its peak, this shower likely won’t offer dozens of meteors. Some years, stargazers notice as few as three or four shooting stars an hour. If Earth hits a thicker cloud of dust, however, there’s a better show.

In 1933 and 1946, the shower produced thousands of meteors an hour. Two years ago, 2011, was also a good year, with some observers reporting seeing up to 600 meteors per hour. “No one is expecting that this year,” notes EarthSky.


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