Draconid Meteor Shower Starts This Weekend

Украинцы смогут увидеть удивительное астрономическое явление

The peak of the first one is expected at night on October 8-9.

October's most known meteor shower display is represented by the Orionids, which has its peak on the 21st of October and so far it has proven itself to be one of the most reliable meteor displays of the year. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from. However, sometimes the rain of meteors had turned into a shower of thousands of objects.

These rare activity bursts occur when the Earth travels through a denser part of the debris stream, and the most recent outburst was in 2012, when radar observations detected up to 1,000 meteors per hour.

Several hundred Draconids per hour were observed in 1998. In 2018, about 10 meteors per hour are expected.

It should be noted that "the dragonborn" often have a yellowish or reddish color. The speed is about 20 km/s.

Starfall starts October 6, but before 8 the number of Ukrainians will be able to observe not the active phase. Since then, Draconids didn't impress as much, but let's just wait and see.

The best time to see the meteors will be after dusk, in the early hours.

Pointing your feet in a general north or northwest direction away from the moon and looking upward will put you in the best position to see the shower, but meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky. To eyes adapted, it is recommended that a minimum of 20 minutes to see the light.

If the light is still needed, it is advised to get red torches, that is to cover the flashlight with a packaging paper of red color.

What do they look like?

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