The Draconid Meteor Shower

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7th - 8th Oct 2020

The Draconid meteor shower, is one of two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in the month of October.

The Draconid meteor shower tends to be a less active meteor shower and occurs in October in the Northern hemisphere.  The Draconid meteor shower comes from the debris of comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner.

On rare occasions – when the peak of the shower coincides with the comet’s perihelion – this shower has been known to rain down hundreds or even thousands of meteors in an hour.  Because this comet has an orbital period of nearly seven years, the next perihelion won’t come until 2025.  So we’re not expecting any outburst this year (but, then, no one really knows for sure!).

This is one shower that’s best to watch at nightfall or early evening, not after midnight.

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