According to The Huffington Post on on Monday, the Draconid meteor shower will peak tonight and tomorrow night.
Most meteor showers peak in the wee hours of the morning, but the Draconid meteors are generally best observed in the early evening. In the U.S., the best viewing time for the Oct. 7 shower should be just after sunset, USA Today reported.
According to EarthSky, this is because the meteor shower's radiant point, called the wing Dragon, will fly at its highest at nightfall.
The best way to view the meteor shower would be to avoid the city lights and go somewhere dark and look up.
The Draconid meteor shower at its peak may show several meteors per hour. Although there is no prediction as to how many meteors can be seen per hour, in some years, the shower has been known to rain down thousands of meteors per hour. In 2011, the meteors had peaked with up to 600 meteors per hour!
The Draconid shower takes its name from the constellation Draco, or Dragon. The annual October event occurs when the Earth travels through dust and ice trailing from the Comet Giacobini-Zinner, according to Discovery News.
The Draconids are notoriously unpredictable. Some years they are impressive, with thousands of falling stars per hour, and other years they are much more sedate. Showers in 1933 and 1946 were especially large.
Where is the best place to view the Draconid meteor shower?
To get the best view, find an area away from city lights so the eyes can adjust to the darkness for at least 20 minutes. Astronomers suggest lying on a blanket or reclining chair to get a full-sky view.
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