The dragonid meteor shower will peak in the coming days, and the Earth's journey through space means that the star stars will witness some spectacular pyrotechnics. Here's everything you need to know about the stunning phenomenon.
A dizzying light show will cause the sky to burn from Sunday to Thursday, peaking on Tuesday as hundreds of meteors rain from the sky.
A rainstorm occurs when the Earth flies through the debris field left by Comet 21P / Jacobin-Zinner waves. Meteors seem to emerge from the point near the head of the Dragon constellation.
The dragonids are sometimes a handiwork, but they are a year of explosion, meaning they can produce 40 to 50 meteors per hour. Explosions occur when the Earth passes inside a comet's orbit shortly after it has passed.
Stargazers will look forward to seeing a natural fireworks display similar to 201
Unfortunately, an almost full moon is likely to put a damper on many meteors. However, the thunderstorms are not regularly forecast, so it is still worth finding a spot of dark sky and hoping for the best.
The best time to hunt for the Draconides is after sunset, when the constellation Draco is at its highest point. Set your sights on the "ray" zone of the constellation from which the meteors appear.
If the Dragonides are unable to deliver, you can take comfort in the knowledge that the Orionides meteor shower is scheduled to peak around October 21.
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