Draconids October Meteor Shower

Draconids Meteor Shower

Draconids Meteor Shower

In 1933 The Draconids Meteor Shower produced a meteor swarm where more than 54,000 meteors were seen streaking across the sky at a rate of about 6000 per hour! The view must have been incredible. This meteor shower’s source of meteoroids is from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Draconids are also known for their faint yellow color and usually lumber across the sky at slower speeds relative to other meteors, they still move really fast so keep your eyes on the sky and don’t expect huge outburst like those of the past. 

The Draconids Meteor Shower will not generate the phenomenal rate of 1933; expect only about 10 meteors an hour. This year’s viewing experience will be hampered by a waning gibbous moon with 79% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated, so one can expect less meteors than usual. The Draconids Meteor Shower peaks on October 8 and you may still catch a few up until the 10th of October. So where does one look? Use the diagram in this post and find the Big Dipper; the apparent radiant is the constellation Draco that gives this shower its name. For a definition and other descriptions please check out the meteor glossary.

Keep your head up!

– Meteor Mark

P.S. If you want to read an anecdote or two, read my other blog.

4 thoughts on “Draconids October Meteor Shower

  1. hey thanks for the info on this shower im watching the skys tonight.
    i dont see a moon at all were im at?

  2. David,

    The moon rises and sets, you’ll see it later. The shower peaked this Thursday morning, but maybe you will be able to catch the last of it. Read this article:

    FAQ About Meteor Showers

    Keep your head up.

    – Meteor Mark

  3. hey guys today (13.10.09) maybe at 18 o clock in Hamburg i saw a strange thing maybe a meteor i looked out of the window and saw a light coming down! no fireworks the subject was fallen in a straight line the light of it were a litlle bit green. Actually i was a little bit scared i thought it was a missile or something . and maybe 200m before the ground it dissapeared???? I swear i was sober)))))))) so after that i tried to find something in the internet but nothing!(((

  4. Mikhail,

    You have found the place to discuss what you saw. Please check the meteor glossary on this site. The color green in relation to meteors usually is a result of magnesium – You can read about meteor colors here. Millions of particles enter our atmosphere on a daily basis, you would be surprised to know that most go undetected. It saddens me sometimes to think that all these great events happen each day and virtually no one in the world takes the time to keep their head up and gaze at the skies.

    Consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Keep your head up.

    – Meteor Mark