Draconid Meteor Shower peaks tonight

Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM MST|Updated: Oct. 10, 2015 at 3:00 AM MST
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Tonight (October 8th) is the best night to view the Draconid meteor shower, according to earthsky.org.  The meteors, also known as "shooting stars," will appear to come from the constellation Draco the Dragon.

This meteor shower is unique, since the peak will be right at nightfall.  Most other meteor showers are best seen after midnight.  Most years, the Draconids only produce a handful of meteors per hour.  However, they are known for being a bit unpredictable and occasionally produce awesome displays.  In 2011, European observers were treated to a show of over 600 meteors per hour, despite a bright moon being out that year.  While this year's display is not expected to be a storm, it is certainly worth a look, especially since the moon won't be out during the evening.

So here is the best way to watch. Once nightfall arrives, find a place with an open sky and lay down with your feet pointed toward the north.  Look toward the constellation Draco the Dragon.  Here is a chart that may help you find it.

If you don't get a chance to see it tonight, tomorrow (October 9th) evening will be the second best time to view the shower.  Good luck!

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