Draconids ‘dragon meteor shower’ blaze across Russia & US skies

Mindy Sparks
October 10, 2018

The asteroid experts wrote: "The Draconid shower is usually a sleeper, rarely offering any more than five meteors per hour".

The Draconids is a meteor shower which happens once every year.

This year, the shower lasts between October 2 and October 16 but is most intense when it peaks on October 8.

A SPECTACULAR meteor shower will light up United Kingdom skies this month - here is when and how to see the Draconic Meteor Shower 2018 in the UK.

The Draconids typically produce between five and 10 meteors an hour when they peak.

These meteors travel at 40,000mph, which is relatively slow moving for a meteor, and follows the Giacobini-Zinner comet.

"European observers saw over 600 meteors per hour in 2011".

This may have been caused by a trail of dust and debris left behind by the comet as far back as 1959.

Every year, during the first week of October, the Earth passes through this stellar field of debris. In 1933 and 1946, thousands of meteors manifested in the night sky.

The Draconids appear to emanate from the constellation Draco, the dragon, from a point just above the Little Dipper in the north after sunset. Because of their Jekyll and Hyde personality, the Draconid meteors can be some of the most surprising ones out there.

Pointing your feet in a general north or northwest direction away from the moon and looking upward will put you in the best position to see the shower, but meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky.

Named for the constellation Draco, this highly variable shower normally passes by without much notice, with only a few visible meteors even under the best conditions. If you can't find it, don't worry: The meteors can appear anywhere.

It can take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust properly to the darkness, so get comfortable under the stars on a reclining lawn chair.

Using a telescope won't benefit you, as you'll want the widest possible view.

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