Draconids Meteor Shower | 2019
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.
Draconid Meteor Shower
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | Starting at nightfall
U.S., Canada, Europe and northern Asia
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Draconid meteors at nightfall and early evening on October 8. Try the nights of October 7 and 9, too. Unfortunately, the bright waxing gibbous moon is sure to intrude on this year’s production.
The Draconid shower is a real oddity, in that the radiant point stands highest in the sky as darkness falls. That means that, unlike many meteor showers, more Draconids are likely to fly in the evening hours than in the morning hours after midnight.
This shower is usually a sleeper, producing only a handful of languid meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the Dragon awakes.
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