Look UP! For the Draconid Meteor Shower!

An exciting meteor shower is set to peak this long weekend giving amateur astronomers a chance to see loads of shooting stars chasing one another across the sky at once. The Draconid Meteor Shower, is one of two that graces the skies in October every year.  Usually this edition offers no more than a handful of meteors per hour at its peak.  However this time, the Draconid has been know to rain down hundreds or even thousands of meteors in an hour.  This is according to Earthsky.org.  The best evenings are tonight, tomorrow and Monday.  You can start watching at nightfall.

Here are a few tips for viewing the Draconids.

  1. You will not need any special  equipment ie glasses or protection to view the shower.
  2. You will need to get out into a rural area away from the city and artificial lights.
  3. Bring a chair and a light jacket to stay warm.  Viewing meteors is a waiting game and so you need to be comfortable over a period of time.

 

photo: knau.org

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