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Draconids 2019: When is the Draconid meteor shower? When is the peak?

Draconids 2019: When is the Draconid meteor shower? When is the peak?

As for the Draconids, the meteor shower became active on October 6 (Sunday) and is expected to reach its peak on October 8 (Tuesday).

AccuWeather says Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower with only about 10 "shooting stars" per hour, but the event could fill the sky with hundreds of meteors.

The Draconid meteor shower takes place every year and is one of the two meteor showers to light up the skies in October.

The Draconid meteor shower has been known for some of the best meteor showers in history with large outbursts, most recently in 2011.

From Sacramento to San Diego, people reported sightings of unusual, bright lights appearing to fall from the sky. Viewing conditions should be good for both meteor showers in California and the Midwest, the website said.

Because the moon is nearly full, only the brightest meteors are likely to be visible to the naked eye.

The shower will peak Tuesday, October 8, into the following morning, and your best chance to spot a few meteors is right at nightfall.

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Get ready for a modest midweek meteor shower. "The Taurids are rich in fireballs and are often responsible for increased number of fireball reports from September through November". The shower is active between October 6 and 10.

The Southern Taurids are a source of fireballs, which are meteors that are brighter than any objects excluding the moon and the sun. "Recent displays have produced low to average displays of this shower".

Experts at AccuWeather say your best chance of catching this sight is in areas away from the bright moon and that is less cloudy.

In the case of the Orionids, this debris comes from Halley's comet, while the Taurids are caused by material which originated from the comet 2P/Encke.

No pieces of the falling object are believed to have made it down to Earth, and it's likely that the chunk (or chunks) of rock were totally obliterated when they passed through the atmosphere in a fiery blaze.

Most of the time meteoroids burn up before they reach the ground, but if one manages to reach the planet's surface it is known as a meteorite.


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