Two Meteor Showers To Peak This Week. Will The HV See Anything?

The Draconids and Southern Taurids are taking over the night sky this week

A meteor shower is set to peak this evening, giving you your best chance of spotting a shooting star, making a wish and having all your dreams come true. or something.

"The Draconids meteor shower kicks off the fall meteor shower season", said Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather astronomy blogger and meteorologist.

But don't feel too put out if you don't happen to see a shooting star tonight, because there's another meteor shower on the horizon. In 2018, observers in Europe counted more than 140 meteors per hour, according to the International Meteor Organization. This year was initially forecast to be unexceptional, but recent models suggest a "small outburst" or "enhancement" of the event could occur Tuesday. Expect to see a few meteors streak across the sky in an hour.

The Draconid meteor shower is about to enter its peak, which means sky gazers will be in for a treat this week. "The shower is active for more than two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity". They display a bright trail that can last anywhere from a millisecond to a second or so.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. The Draconids shower will peak within the early night to nightfall, which means you can catch this one simply earlier than midnight.

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AccuWeather says that during peak shower time, you can spot the meteors in any part of the sky, rather than just focusing on one area.

While the number of meteors typically associated with the Southern Taurids is low, the meteors that are seen have been known to be brilliant fireballs. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

The Southern Taurids-along with their cousin, the Northern Taurids-are notable for being rich in "fireballs", which are essentially very bright meteors.

Unlike planet-hunting or distant star gazing, meteor watching is a game of patience and comfort. "It's simply the fact that when a Taurid appears it's usually big and bright". But this isn't the case.

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