Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Draconid Meteor Shower, Hunter's Moon Visible In Night Sky This Week

Draconid Meteor Shower, Hunter's Moon Visible In Night Sky This Week

The Draconid meteor shower will take center stage first, on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the Southern Taurid meteor shower will peak from Wednesday through Thursday, according to AccuWeather. Although these Draconids are considered minor meteor showers, they can still light up the sky with hundreds of these twinkly fireballs, as opposed to the common 10 meteors per hour. Similar to the Draconids, the Southern Taurids are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour, but are rich in fireballs.

Fireballs are meteors that are known to appear extremely bright in the sky and are even known to cast shadows on the ground for several seconds. Those meteors will appear brighter than some of the others that we see throughout the year.

And if none of these afford a good view, more meteor showers are on the way. The Orionids, which normally produce 10-20 meteors per hour-but can hit 50-75 in busy years-will peak on the nights of October 21 and 22.

You might see a shooting star tonight.

The Draconids meteor shower radiates from near the constellation Draco. That means there are tons of chances for you and your family to stay up late and see something awesome. In 2018, observes in Europe saw over 140 meteors in a single hour.

Two meteor showers are peaking this week and so it's time to get your eyes on the sky.

DON'T MISS What is the best time to see the Orionid meteor shower?

If you're a California resident and happened to be hanging around outside on Monday evening you might have spotted something very special in the skies.

But when, the set and how will you gaze the meteor showers of 2019?

There is no specific place in the sky to look; just look up.

There's a full moon on October 13, and in the days up to at that point, the moon may cloud a portion of the light from the meteor showers. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

"Unfortunately, the large bright evening Moon will hinder this year's Draconid shower".

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