Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

09 Octobre, 2019, 00:24 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

According to the UK's Space Centre, the Draconids, which is said to be visible from October 7th until 9th, is unlike any other meteor shower as it peaks in the early evening, after sunset, rather than middle of the night.

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

This year, the peak is expected to fall on the night of October 8 to October 9.

So, if you've got a home in the country side and want a little entertainment with your dinner, you know where to look.

"Unfortunately, the large bright evening Moon will hinder this year's Draconid shower".

It is recommended that meteor shower watchers dress warmly, bring a blanket, and perhaps even a hot beverage to enjoy.

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.

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

AccuWeather says Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower with only about 10 "shooting stars" per hour, but the event could fill the sky with hundreds of meteors.

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The Southern Taurids follow the Draconids.

"It'll likely drown all but the brightest meteors in its glare".

DON'T MISS What is the best time to see the Orionid meteor shower?

Unlike planet-hunting or distant star gazing, meteor watching is a game of patience and comfort.

Meteors are too quick and too sporadic for telescopes or binoculars to be of any use.

As ever, the best chance you have of seeing the meteor shower is getting out as far away from light pollution as possible.

Astronomers typically advise finding a wide-open field with an unobstructed view of the horizon.

The meteor will come from the direction of the Draco the dragon, the constellation from which it took its name from.

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