Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Draconids ‘dragon meteor shower’ blaze across Russia & US skies

Elijah Vega | 10 October, 2018, 18:56

The year of 2018 has been fantastic for celestial events - including a super blue blood moon, and the longest lunar eclipse in a century.

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!

Still, it's worth looking up, as the shower sometimes puts on an incredible display.

The Draconid shower is odd in that the radiant point stands highest in the sky as darkness falls, meaning that more Draconids are probably going to fly in the evening hours than in the morning hours after midnight.

The color of the meteors will be the same that is in the red and yellow colors, but will vary its brightness. This phenomenon happens when the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. These showers are very hard to predict, usually producing few, if any, visible meteors, but strong activity has been observed in the past.

Also known as Giacobinids, the Draconids radiate from a point in the northern constellation Draco.

You can watch them at nightfall and early evening on October 8.

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As Earth passes through the comet's tail, the debris from the meteor burns up - causing shooting stars.

However, when the Draconid does flex its muscles, it offers some of the most fantastic meteor showers.

In fact, you don't even need to stay up late or wake up early to see them in action, making them the flawless school-night viewing.

The Royal Observatory said: "Make sure there are no direct sources of light in your eyes, so that you can fully adapt to the local conditions and ensure that fainter meteors become visible".

Getting away from city lights is your best bet.

"There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope; just look up with your own eyes to take in the widest possible view of the sky".

Just keep in mind to wrap up, it is bound to be chilly.

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