Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

Pablo Tucker
October 9, 2019

The South Taurid meteor shower is expected to peak on the evenings of October 9 and 10, according to the American Meteor Society.

The first, the Draconid meteor shower, will reach its climax Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, according to AccuWeather.

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

In 2011, European observers of the stars were treated to six hundred shooting stars an hour, which is known as the dragon "awakening".


Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor expert has said the Draconids shower can be hit and miss.

The Draconid meteor shower arrives each year in October when Earth passes through the tail of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

Fireballs, also known as very bright meteors, streak across our sky when debris from a comet breaks up in our upper atmosphere.

"The Draconids meteor shower kicks off the fall meteor shower season", Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger and meteorologist, said in a statement.


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. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

And if none of these afford a good view, more meteor showers are on the way. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible. Dress for the weather, and make sure you're comfortable if you plan to stay out long. We're not expecting any outbursts in 2019, but meteor shower outbursts are notoriously hard to predict, so you never know! But this isn't the case.

You can use timeanddate.com's Interactive Meteor Show Sky Map to find the current direction of a meteor shower in the sky.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks later this month, October 21st into the 22nd, and usually brings around 20 meteors per hour.


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