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Scientist: Tuesday, October 8, meteor shower Draconid will be the most active

10 October 2018

You can start looking for the Draconids in the sky from 21:00, but the chances to see the lovely show increase after midnight.

The color of the meteors will be the same that is in the red and yellow colors, but will vary its brightness.

A SPECTACULAR meteor shower will light up United Kingdom skies this month - here is when and how to see the Draconic Meteor Shower 2018 in the UK. A few hundred "Draconids" per hour were observed in 1998. 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 annual meteor shower, sometimes known as the Giacobinids, peaked on the night of Monday, October 8. Previous outbursts have occurred in years where that debris trail was fresh.

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. In 1933 and 1946, thousands of meteors manifested in the night sky.

Pointing your feet in a general north or northwest direction away from the moon and looking upward will put you in the best position to see the shower, but meteors will be visible in all parts of the sky.

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Where to see the Draconid meteor shower? This event has gotten its name as a result of its meteor appearing to originate from the Draco, the Dragon constellation.

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

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

Wait for shooting stars in the night sky starting from 21:00.

"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".

Scientist: Tuesday, October 8, meteor shower Draconid will be the most active