Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
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Coming To A Night Sky Near You: Fireballs! (Well, Meteor Fireballs)

Coming To A Night Sky Near You: Fireballs! (Well, Meteor Fireballs)

What people were observing meteor showers.

The Draconid meteor shower will take center stage first, on Tuesday and Wednesday, while the Southern Taurid meteor shower will peak from Wednesday through Thursday, according to AccuWeather.

This particularly shower gives skywatchers a much better chance of seeing a shooting star.

Here's what you need to know about the meteor showers.

The Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower with only around 10 meteors per hour but, on occasion, can fill the sky with hundreds of meteors.

In 2018, Earth encountered more debris than usual, and people living in western Europe and the eastern USA witnessed rates of almost 100 per hour.

Some experts predict that we could or possibly see a small outburst of the Draconids like it did past year when it produced 150 meteors in an hour, according to the International Meteor Organization.

And if you miss these starry displays, don't fret: the Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak on october 21 and 22, with approximately 15 meteors per hour, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. The sky is about to get even more breathtaking this month with 2 stunning meteor showers visible in Florida. Since its most recent perihelion was just last year-and its next one won't come until 2025-EarthSky predicts that this year's orbital intersection will produce just about five meteors per hour. "This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night".

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.

Although the meteor shower will favor those in the Northern Hemisphere, those in the Southern Hemisphere can still catch a few Draconid meteors this week.

It's suggested to arrive at your viewing point 15-20 minutes prior to the peak to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, to dress for the weather, and lay looking up to the constellation where the meteor showers will rain from for the best viewing conditions. And in order to avoid the moon at midnight, it is best to watch the meteor shower early at night or near dawn.

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