Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Draconid Meteor Shower Lights Up The Skies This October

Sky watchers spot shooting stars as Draconid Meteor Shower peaks Monday Sky watchers spot shooting stars as Draconid Meteor Shower peaks Monday Meteor spotted by NASA cameras October 5
Cary Marshall | 10 October, 2018, 18:54

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. As the Earth passes through Comet G-Z's orbit shortly after the comet has gone by, just as it happened in 1933 and 1946, those that looked at the sky were dazzled by the celestial display. For Amateur astronomers of the Crimean scientist reports that during a meteor shower Draconid brightness of Mars will be the maximum and are available to examine the surface topography even in optical instruments medium level of approximation. According to the American Meteor Society, watchers saw most activity at around 23:00 UTC on Monday and 1:00 UTC on Tuesday.

This year, the shower lasts between October 2 and October 16 but is most intense when it peaks on October 8.

The Draconids are so called because they appear to originate from the constellation Draco, the dragon that is easily imagined to be spitting fire during the shower.

It is not always considered to be the event of the year; The Draconid meteor shower offers only a few meteors per hour.

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The Royal Observatory Greenwich said: "While most other meteor showers are best seen in the early hours, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after nightfall".

How to see the Draconid meteor shower in the UK.

. Hundreds of meteors appeared on the night sky in 1985, 1998 and, most recently, in 2011. It will be high in the sky when darkness falls, moving lower throughout the night and finally near the horizon by dawn. No special equipment is needed.

The next meteor shower is the Orionids, peaking the night of October 21. All skywatchers had to do was look up and watch the sky as soon as it got dark to witness the spectacle. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from.

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

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