Two meteor showers to watch for this week

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

According to the UK's Space Centre, the Draconids, which is said to be visible from October 7th until 9th, is unlike any other meteor shower as it peaks in the early evening, after sunset, rather than middle of the night.

You might see a shooting star tonight. In 2019, peak activity occurs on the evening of Tuesday 8 October.

Unfortunately, the moon will be in the sky during this part of the night, so stargazers should look for meteors in areas of the sky away from the bright moon.

The Draconid meteor shower is caused when the Earth "collides with bits of debris shed by periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinnerfor", according to NASA.

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According to AccuWeather, the Draconids are best observed before midnight, unlike most meteor showers. This meteor shower will peak Wednesday, October 9 into Thursday, October 10.

While the Draconids are normally quite a minor meteor shower, they have been known to produce spectacular outbursts of hundreds or even thousands of meteors per hour, as happened in 1933, 1946, and 2011.

Similar to the Draconids, the Southern Taurids are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour, but don't let the slim numbers discourage you.

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky. These fireballs can appear so bright, they cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

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"This shower favours the Northern Hemisphere but Southern Hemisphere observers might catch some Draconids too".

Unlike planet-hunting or distant star gazing, meteor watching is a game of patience and comfort.

As ever, the best chance you have of seeing the meteor shower is getting out as far away from light pollution as possible.

Although stargazers may be a little disappointed, there's more to be excited about as we've been blessed with another shower this month, the Orionidsset, which will strike towards the end of October.

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