Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Draconids Meteor Shower 2019: When, Where And Peak Time To Watch Tonight

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Sandy Nunez | 09 October, 2019, 12:55

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. But, it peaks before midnight, and it can occasionally fill the night sky with hundreds of meteors.

In 1933 and 1946, the Draconid meteor showers had some of the most impressive "zenithal hourly rates" of the 20th century with thousands visible every hour. On some occasions, however, the shower has produced as many as 140 meteors per hour, such as during an outburst in 2018.

If you miss the Draconids' display on Tuesday night, you can try again on Wednesday at nightfall with the Southern Taurids.

Fireballs, also known as very bright meteors, streak across our sky when debris from a comet breaks up in our upper atmosphere.

Of course, a little luck (and playing of the waiting game) is always involved in viewing any meteor shower, especially if you're looking to capture it on camera.

Perhaps the greatest opportunity to spot a meteor shower will come later this month with the Orionids, which are well-known for their association with Halley's Comet.

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According to the website timeanddate.com that monitors celestial events, Montreal will have the best view of the Draconid meteor shower, named after the Draco the Dragon constellation.

"The shower is active for more than two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity", in accordance with the American Meteor Society.

Still, weather permitting, you may still see something. You just want to be away from city lights, or any sort of glare that could hinder viewing. Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair, as meteor-watching can be a waiting game.

During the peak of a meteor shower, meteors are visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point.

Lay down on the ground or in a recliner to get as much of the sky as possible in your view, said Lada. The shower is active between October 6 and 10.

If you miss the two meteor showers this week, the Orionid meteor shower will peak later this month from october 21-22, bringing about 20 meteors per hour.