Draconids Meteor Shower Peaks Tuesday Evening

Keep your eyes on the skies! Two meteor showers expected this week	 	 	 			Getty Images

Keep your eyes on the skies! Two meteor showers expected this week Getty Images

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 Orionid meteor shower peaks later this month, October 21st into the 22nd, and usually brings around 20 meteors per hour.

What is the Draconid meteor shower?

The second meteor shower, the Southern Taurids, will peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

As the icy comet zips around the Sun, bits and pieces of its outer layers break off. With only roughly 10 meteors per hour, the Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower.

The shower produces around 10 meteors every hour.

Get ready for a modest midweek meteor shower. No such phenomenon is expected this year.

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"They are rich in faint meteors if they appear". "This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night".

'In between showers there will be clear spells, so most locations should enable skywatchers the chance to experience some of the meteor shower'. Since the Moon can already drown out some of the brightest meteors in the shower, staying away from lamp posts and other brightly lit areas can significantly help in making the Draconids more visible. He says there will also be a reddish, full moon on Sunday called the 'Hunter's Moon'.

On the night of the peak, the Moon will be approximately 76 percent illuminated - the Waxing Gibbous phase.

Despite possible bursts of shooting stars, experts say it's more likely that stargazers will in reality be only able to see five or six with the naked eye as the rest may be too small or fast to see without specialist equipment.

Astronomers typically advise finding a wide-open field with an unobstructed view of the horizon. Draco, latin for serpent or dragon, is a massive constellation that winds around and between Hercules, Cepheus, Ursa Minor (home to Polaris, the "North Star") and Ursa Major (home of the Big Dipper).

However, there is no need to locate Draco because the meteors will scatter in all directions at quick speeds.

A "shooting star" or "falling star" is really nothing of the sort.

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