Friday, 9 October 2015

Astrognome Astronomy Draconid Meteor Shower

Draconid Meteor Shower

The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October. The Draconids are at maximum on the 8th / 9th October. They owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to orbit the Sun.

Although the Draconids have been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history, most recently in 2011, not sure it will be so good this year but you now. It’s worth having a look after 9.00 pm. 

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