The Draconid and Southern Taurid Meteor Showers Peak Tonight and Tomorrow

Draconid meteor shower 2019 When and where to see it peak

According to AccuWeather.com, two meteor showers - the Draconids and SouthernTaurids - will peak on consecutive nights this week. During the shower's peak, the Draconids are expected to showcase about 10 meteors per hour.

Unfortunately, the moon will be in the sky during this part of the night, so stargazers should look for meteors in areas of the sky away from the bright moon. He says there will also be a reddish, full moon on Sunday called the 'Hunter's Moon'.

'In between showers there will be clear spells, so most locations should enable skywatchers the chance to experience some of the meteor shower'.

Some experts predict that we could or possibly see a small outburst of the Draconids like it did previous year when it produced 150 meteors in an hour, according to the International Meteor Organization.

The Draconids will be visible in northern America, Europe and Asia until October 10, with around 5-20 meteors per hour during its peak.

The AMS said that these meteors are poorly seen from the southern hemisphere due to low radiant altitude seen from below the equator.

Giving the Draconids a chance won't cost you much sleep; the best viewing will be in the early evening, during the few hours after dusk - no need to stay up past midnight. When the bits of ice and dust left behind by the comet collide with Earth's atmosphere, they burn up, creating bright streaks across the night sky.

The annual Draconic meteor shower has arrived but the short-lived spectacle is only here until the end of the week.


On the other hand, Southern Taurids will follow the Draconid meteor shower.

Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.

Still, weather permitting, you may still see something.

When is the Draconid meteor shower this year?

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

Shooting stars from the Draconids appear to come from just below bright star Eltanin in Draco the dragon's head.

So, if you've got a home in the country side and want a little entertainment with your dinner, you know where to look. While the Orionids are expected to produce around 20 meteors per hour, there are still strategies for optimizing the viewing experience.

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