Draconid Meteor Shower Lights Up The Skies This October

Ученый Во вторник 8 октября метеорный поток Драконид будет наиболее активен

Enthusiasts gathered for the spectacular show which peaked on the eve of Monday, Oct. 8.

The Draconids, also known as the Giacobinids, are a Class 3 variable meteor shower.

Once again, the Draconid meteor shower brightened the October night sky.

Space.com has a lot of information about the Draconids" origin story and the poets' take on the showers ("Poets among us might like to think of these as the "Dragon's Tears' or as its fiery breath"), but here's what you need to watch the Draconids tonight: Nothing special! Usually meteors are not more than several dozen per hour, but there are exceptions.

The radiant point for the Draconid meteor shower nearly coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky. Because of their Jekyll and Hyde personality, the Draconid meteors can be some of the most surprising ones out there. This event has gotten its name as a result of its meteor appearing to originate from the Draco, the Dragon constellation. Hundreds of meteors appeared on the night sky in 1985, 1998 and, most recently, in 2011.

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The meteors slam into the planet's atmosphere at full speed, producing bright flashes of light and meteor streaks across the sky.

Most activity seems to occur when the Earth travels through the denser part of the comet's debris stream. The astronomer of the Crimean Observatory Alexander Acusacin told that the comet of Jacobini-Zinner, which is the "mother" of meteors, this time will be the optimal approach to the Sun and the Earth.

The meteor showers are named after the two constellations they seemingly come from, the Draco and the Orion. All skywatchers had to do was look up and watch the sky as soon as it got dark to witness the spectacle.

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours when the skies are darkening enough to pick out individual meteors.

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