The best time to see the Draconids meteor shower and which direction to look for shooting stars

The Sun Technology 2 months ago

DRACONIDS should be lighting up the night sky again tonight.

The annual October shower is usually a good time to spot shooting stars and each hour as many as 1,000 can be seen.

A long exposure photograph of the night sky over Russky Island during the Draconid meteor shower

What is the best time to see the Draconids meteor shower?

They will be most visible just after nightfall so try looking at the sky from about 6pm UK time tonight.

The showers will be most visible in the early hours. 

The Draconid meteor shower takes place every year and is one of the two meteor showers to light up the skies in October.

It will be visible in northern America, Europe and Asia until October 10, with about five to 20 meteors per hour during its peak.

Will there be any more meteor shower this year?

A second meteor shower, the Orionids, will also take place later this month, peaking on October 21.

The streaks spawn from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which orbits around the sun for six-and-a-half years.

Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: “Most of this debris will burn up at a height of around 50 miles above the ground, so this is not a dangerous event.”

Which direction to look for shooting stars?

The celestial phenomenon gets its name from the Draco the Dragon constellation, which lies in the far northern part of the sky.

Here is the comet that is responsible for it.


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