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When to Watch the Draconid and Orionid Meteor Showers This Month

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There are a number of intriguing meteor showers to look for in October: First comes the modest Draconid, which will warm you up for the more remarkable Orionid later on in the month. Here’s how to see them both from the Northern Hemisphere.

How to enjoy the Draconid meteor shower

The Draconid meteor shower will peak on Oct. 8 and into Oct. 9. It’s a practical meteor shower, specifically for moms and dads, since the very best watching happens right after nightfall on Friday, so you will not need to drag your kid out of bed at 4 in the early morning on a school night for the very best views.

Because the moon is almost brand-new, the sky must be rather dark, however even with a darker sky, Draconid isn’t generally the most magnificent cosmic occasion. You can anticipate to see about 5 to 10 meteors per hour. Some years, however, Draconid places on a program with numerous meteors per hour spotting through the sky. Will it occur this year? Most likely not, however it’s possible, and you will not wish to have actually missed it if it does.

Find the Draconid meteor shower’s glowing point

While you ought to have the ability to capture shooting stars all over the night sky, the glowing point of the Draconid shower is near the head of the Draco the Dragon constellation. To discover it, initially find the Big Dipper (look north, about a 3rd of the method from the horizon to the top of the sky) and after that follow the point of the Dipper to Polaris. Midway in between the lip of the Dipper’s cup and Polaris is the idea of Draco’s tail. Follow its body as much as the head, and there’s the glowing point.

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How to view the Orionid meteor shower

The Orionid meteor shower is the most excellent cosmic program in October, with as much as 20 meteors noticeable per hour. Peak watching will be on Wednesday, Oct. 20, into Thursday, Oct.21 The very best watching time is ideal prior to dawn, although Orionid meteors (triggered by Earth going through the particles left by Haley’s Comet) will show up throughout the month.

Sadly, peak meteor-peeping accompanies the Hunter’s Moon illuminating the sky, so fainter meteors most likely will not show up, however the shooting stars you do get to see are most likely to be excellent. About half of Orionid meteors leave routes in the sky that last a couple of seconds.

Find the Orionid meteor shower’s glowing point

Although they will show up all over the sky, meteors from Orionid appear to radiate from the constellation Orion, an easy-to-find group of stars. Simply look South (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) for the 3 stars that comprise Orion’s Belt, follow them upwards to the brilliant, reddish star Betelgeuse, and you’re looking roughy at the glowing point of Orionid meteors– however provided the light of the moon, you’ll most likely be much better off discovering a dark location of the sky rather of the glowing point.

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