October has some astronomical surprises for us as well, as a beautiful meteor shower will paint this weekend’s sky. On October 7th and October 8th, fiery stars will start falling from the mouth of the constellation Draco the Dragon. The phenomenon is also known as the Draconid meteor shower and will be visible especially in the northern hemisphere.
The Draconid meteor shower will paint the night sky this weekend
This year was full of unique astronomical events which made the delight of stargazers. This month, the star of the sky show will be the Draconid meteor shower, where flaming stars will fall from the constellation of Draco.
If you enjoy watching the sky and catching such breathtaking events, be on the lookout on the evenings of October 7th and October 8th. The shower should be visible anywhere in the northern hemisphere, but the middle and the northern areas should get the best views of the event.
This is a small astronomic event, but it might turn spectacular
Unfortunately, the shower won’t be that big. When comparing it with other meteor showers which occurred this year, such as the Perseids, the Draconid will be quite small, with a range of 10 meteors falling every hour. Even so, if you are lucky and go to an isolated place to witness it, the view should get incredibly beautiful.
The Draconid took memorable shapes in 1933 and 1946 when thousands of shooting stars fell every hour. Even 2011 displayed such a show when an unusual number of bright meteors became visible even if the light of the moon was quite powerful. Back then, the average number of falling stars per hour was 600.
Sometimes, such events might quickly turn into meteor storms. This year, astronomers have informed us something like this is quite unlikely to happen. However, they might have a surprise. If you are interested in the Draconid show, keep an eye on the sky during the early evening, as just as night falls.
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