Another one which has the advantage of new moon, the Draconid
meteor shower is also called the Giacobinids.
The Orionids might be a better show, but you can at least keep an eye out for the Draconids
Unlike most other meteor showers, the Draconids
are best seen in the evening after sunset and not in the early hours before dawn the next day.
THIS week sees the return of the annual Draconid
meteor shower, one of the most unpredictable meteor displays seen in the Northern Hemisphere.
Then in 2012 came a swarm of unusually faint Draconids
detected by radar.
Again through gaps in fast-moving cloud between 20:00 and 20:20 UT, Bob Mizon spotted four Draconids
from Colehill, Dorset.
, for instance, "are very slow-moving meteors," the app says.
have surprised us before, and they may do so again.
Interestingly, there is a very considerable spread in the predicted peak rates for the 2011 October Draconids
, with the maximum ZHR ranging from a few tens of meteors per hour to several hundred, as viewed by a single observer.
The storm, which traverses the Earth's orbit around the sun every October, arises from a meteor shower called the Draconids
, according to NASA.
Meteor Shower: This astronomical event occurs on Oct.
Unknown until recently were the slow-moving Gamma Draconids
(GDR) coming out of the north.
are slow moving meteors, and with the constellation being circumpolar, there does not really seem to be a 'best' time to view, though some predictions suggest all night starting from the evening of October 8.
If you're in North America, the predicted peak will occur in the afternoon, so you'll be looking for the tail-off of the expected outburst--or perhaps you'll benefit from an error of just a few hours in when we're supposed to meet the bulk of the Draconids
appear near Draco along the northern horizon after midnight on October 8-9, but the full moon will make it hard to spot them.