Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 5, 2016

 Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks Oct.7

EarthSky reports

October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon. Because the radiant is located so far north on the sky’s dome, this shower favors temperate and far-northern latitudes, such as the U.S., Canada, Europe and northern Asia. In 2016, the peak dates will probably be on the evenings of October 7, starting at nightfall. There’s a rather wide waxing crescent moon to obscure this year’s shower. Yet this shower is oftentimes a sleeper, even in a dark sky completely free of moonlight. But watch out if the Dragon awakes, which is always a possibility! Follow the links below to learn more about the Draconid meteor shower.

Where is the radiant point of the Draconid shower, and when should I watch?

How many Draconid meteors will I see?

Can I see the Draconids from the Southern Hemisphere?

Origin and history of Draconid meteors

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