Draconids Meteor Shower

The Draconids Meteor shower known best for the meteor swarm it produced in 1933 where more than 54,000 meteors were seen streaking across the sky at a rate of about 6000 per hour! The main source of the meteoroids is from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. As the Draconids enter our atmosphere, they burn a faint yellow and usually travel relatively slowly across the sky. The Draconids Meteor Shower of 2008 will not produce the phenomenal rate of 1933; expect only about 10 meteors an hour under clear conditions. This meteor shower’s peak dates are October 8 & 9 however you may catch a few up until the 10th of October. The Draconids shower streaks from the apparent radiant, the constellation Draco, thus getting its name. Look to find the source of meteors coming from this constellation.

Good luck and happy gazing!

Draconids Meteor Shower

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