Draconid Meteor Shower: How to Watch

Every year in October, the Draconid meteor shower occurs. It peaks on October 8 and 9 at night this year. Here is all the information you want on the shower and how to watch it.

The constellation Draco the Dragon, where the Draconids meteor shower appears to come from, inspired the name. It is produced as our planet travels through the comet 21P/Giacobini-debris. Zinner’s When the debris enters our atmosphere, it burns up, causing a meteor shower. It takes the 21P/Giacobini-Zinner around 6.6 years to complete one orbit of the Sun.

A clear sky, lots of patience, and no special equipment are truly all you need to see a meteor shower. Finding a remote area distant from city lights is ideal since light pollution makes it more challenging to see the meteor shower in the night sky.

The Draconid shower is known to occasionally emit hundreds of meteors per hour, even though it is only predicted to produce approximately 10 meteors per hour on average. Also keep in mind that it can be harder to see the meteors due to the Moon’s glare.

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