Make sure you don’t miss the Draconid meteor shower! The event is going to take place on Thursday and Friday.
The meteor shower, known as the Draconids, is an event which takes place each year. Under dark sky, the watchers will be able to see almost 2 dozen stars each hour.
The Draconids are expected to reach their maximum performance on Thursday night until early Friday morning. Some of them may remain visible until Friday night.
As a new moon is expected on October 13, scientists believe the view will be clear, with no lunar glare.
But how can this event be explained? Well, when the Earth collides with small particles which were parts of a comet, they burn up in atmosphere and create a succession of lights. This years’ comet is called 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. In other words, the comet’s debris is responsible for this beautiful annual show.
All the meteor showers take their name from the constellation where they appear. In this case, the constellation is Draco, the dragon. Other famous constellations are Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Their names come from the mythological bears.
All those who want to see the event should know that it takes places each year in October, from 6th to 10th. This year, the event will reach its peak activity on October 9, at 5:40. The luckier ones seem to be the Americans, as this hour coincides with the darkest moment of the night.
In order to reach the best view, people are advised to go out of polluted and strongly illuminated cities and go to the countryside, where they will have the possibility to see even the meteors that lack brightness.
Moreover, the open fields, with no elements that can obstruct the view, are enough for people to see the event in its brightness. There is no need for binoculars and telescopes.
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