Draconid Meteor Shower, 7-8 Oct

Meteor Shower

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Draconid Meteor Shower

Draconid Meteor Shower, 7-8 Oct

The October Draconids, in the past also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from. Almost all meteors which fall towards Earth ablate long before reaching its surface. The Draconids are best viewed after sunset in an area with a clear dark sky.

These extremely slow-moving Draconid meteors, when traced backward, radiate from the head of Draco the Dragon, near the stars Eltanin and Rastaban. However, you don’t have to locate Draco the Dragon to watch the Draconids, for these meteors fly every which way through the starry sky.

Usually, this meteor shower offers no more than a handful of languid meteors per hour, even at its peak. But this shower has been known to rain down hundreds or even thousands of meteors in an hour.

From the Southern Hemisphere, the meteors are seen from locations rather close to the equator.

Period: October 6-10

Peak: October  7-8

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Location: Northern and Southern Emispheres
Date: Oct 8, 2017 00:00
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