Look Up Tonight! The Draconid Meteor Shower Is Here
The Draconids are coming. Peaking after sunset tonight October 8 and tomorrow night, the Draconid meteor shower will be visible from the Northern Hemisphere as Earth passes through the debris-ridden path of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.
The Draconids pass by every October, and while this meteor shower isn’t expected to produce a hail of shooting stars, past years have been impressive. In 2012, observers saw more than 1000 meteors per hour. The annual shower is named after Draco, the "dragon" constellation which the meteors appear to come from as they shoot across the night sky. Because the Moon will be below the horizon for much of the night, the skies should be dark enough this week to provide a good view of the shower.