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Draconid meteor shower 2018: When and where to see the Draconids TONIGHT?

10 October 2018, 06:53 | Edward Lowe

Draconid meteor shower 2018: When and where to see the Draconids TONIGHT?

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The meteor show is one of two showers be seen in the skies in October - the second meteor shower (the Orionids) in October usually peaks around October 21.

The next meteor shower is the Orionids, peaking the night of October 21.

The Draconid meteor shower once again lit up the October night skies as Earth passes through a stream of dust left by comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from.

It's the meteor shower's history that singles it out as an interesting one - the 1933 and 1946 shower brought thousands of meteors per hour to skies.

A shot of a Draconid meteor exploding in the Earth's atmosphere, creating spectacular light show. The former comet was discovered in 1990 while the latter has been known since ancient times.

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The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower nearly coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky.

"European observers saw over 600 meteors per hour in 2011".

The Draconids flow often have a yellowish or reddish color. Speed about 20 km/s.

When can you see them?

October Starfall, traditionally observed from Earth, from 8 to 10 October, has captured the imagination of the romantics and is a regular source for study by astronomers.

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Unlike other showers, which are best viewed in the early hours of the morning, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, shortly after nightfall.

Pointing your feet in a general north or northwest direction away from the moon and looking upward will put you in the best position to see the shower, but meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky.

National Geographic notes that it will not be easy to see them.

In Metropolitan areas due to the bright lighting, the meteor shower is visible badly, it is better to watch outside the big cities.

Also, it will take your eyes a while to adapt to the darkness, so make sure you go out a little early.

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