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.