Overall, Draconid activity is likely to peak somewhere between 16h and 22h UT on 2011 October 8, with the period between 19h and 21h most likely to yield the greatest activity.
The values given for the peak ZHR (meteors per hour) are only approximate, particularly for the great Draconid storms of 1933 and 1946.
Dr John Mason explains the historical background to the Draconid meteor shower, which may--or may not
Cooke added: "Even if the Draconids were a full-scale meteor storm I would be confident that the space station (officials) would take the right steps to mitigate the risk.
I imagine when the word gets out there will be a Draconid outburst, I'll get the usual calls from .
For people who miss the Draconids, though, Meteor Shower Guide and Meteor Shower Calendar offer an alternative - the Northern Taurids shower, which starts on October 20 and peaks on November 12.
The Draconids meteor shower is expected to yield intense shooting-star activity, but by the time the sun sets on the United States, the action will most likely have ended.
Normally, the Draconids (so-named because its meteors appear to radiate from the northern constellation Draco) are a weak shower producing perhaps 10 meteors per hour.
Washington, June 2 (ANI): Come October 8 and sky gazers will be treated with the biggest meteor shower of a lifetime - the Draconid shower is expected to produce 1,000 meteors per hour this year.
The 2011 Draconid outburst is expected to occur between 17:00 and 18:00 Universal Time on October 8, 2011.
Nearby, while on holiday on the Maltese island of Gozo, Peter Carson recorded 41 Draconids between 19:40 and 21:00 UT, with 11 of these occurring between 20:00 and 20:10.
Alex Vincent recorded four Draconids from his garden in central Worthing between 19:10 and 19:30 UT, and from the society's observatory site in Goring-by-Sea, five Draconids were seen between 19:30 and 20:00 UT when thick cloud curtailed observations.
usually appear before midnight, unlike the Orionids, which will peak in and around Orion near and after midnight of October 21-22.