Trending Now

Draconid Meteor Shower to Peak Wednesday Evening

By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 10, 2013; 4:33 AM ET

Get ready, skywatchers! The Draconid meteor shower is scheduled to peak this evening, Oct. 9.

The Draconid meteor shower occurs when Earth moves through a plane of dust debris from a passing comet. As the planet moves through the debris, it ignites the particles and results in the meteor shower.

It receives its name from the perception that the meteors seem to appear from the constellation Draco in the October night sky.

The intensity of the meteor shower varies from year to year. In the United States, the most notable instance was observed in 1946.

2011. The Night of the Draconids. The sky seen from Eiras Dam in Fornelos de Montes during the night of the Draconid shower, a meteor shower caused by the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Photo by: Flickr user Contando Estrelas

In 2011, Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. told Space.com that, "It's not going to be that dramatic. People in North America aren't going to see anything."

A fan of AccuWeather.com's Astronomy page, Daniel McVey, shared a picture of the stunning meteors occurring last night (Oct. 6). He described it as appearing in "a sea of green airglow in the Southwest piercing Capricornus with bright star."

Photo by Daniel McVey, posted to the AccuWeather Astronomy Facebook page.

Check the map below to find your viewing conditions for the meteor shower.


Have questions, comments, or a story to share? Email Erin Cassidy at cassidye@accuweather.com. Follow us @breakingweather, or on Facebook and Google+.

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.