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DRACONID SHOWER PEAKS TONIGHTThe Draconid meteor shower is created by the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and the Draconid showers of 1933 and 1946 are considered some of the most impressive of the 20th century. Stargazers ought not get their hopes too high, however; the comet is not currently passing through Earth’s orbit. Every once in a while, however, the Earth will travel through a stream of material left behind by 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and this can result in some high activity. A huge burst of meteor activity was detected by radar during 2012’s shower, most likely thanks to a trail of dust left by the comet in 1959. The dim crescent moon will increase your chances of spotting any meteors that may fall, so if you have clear skies keep your eyes toward the constellation of Draco and you may just get lucky!
If you don’t catch it, never fear; the Orionids will offer skywatchers another chance around October 22nd.-RLOImage: Meteors from the 2011 Draconid shower, by Jesper GrønneSource View high resolution

DRACONID SHOWER PEAKS TONIGHT

The Draconid meteor shower is created by the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and the Draconid showers of 1933 and 1946 are considered some of the most impressive of the 20th century. Stargazers ought not get their hopes too high, however; the comet is not currently passing through Earth’s orbit. 

Every once in a while, however, the Earth will travel through a stream of material left behind by 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, and this can result in some high activity. A huge burst of meteor activity was detected by radar during 2012’s shower, most likely thanks to a trail of dust left by the comet in 1959. The dim crescent moon will increase your chances of spotting any meteors that may fall, so if you have clear skies keep your eyes toward the constellation of Draco and you may just get lucky!

If you don’t catch it, never fear; the Orionids will offer skywatchers another chance around October 22nd.

-RLO

Image: Meteors from the 2011 Draconid shower, by Jesper Grønne
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