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."
Check the map below to find your viewing conditions for the meteor shower.
The late-season swelter will continue along much of the Atlantic Seaboard through the week as tens of millions head back to school and work.
Tropical depression five has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche and will continue its west-northwest path during the next couple of days.
A second volcanic eruption occurred on Sunday morning in Iceland in the same area that had one on Friday.
Severe thunderstorms will threaten holiday festivities across parts of the Midwest and central Plains to close out the extended Labor Day weekend.
While flooding is a threat, monsoonal rains will be beneficial for most areas across northwest India this week.
Gusty winds, large hail and power outages occurred Sunday into Monday morning in the north-central United States.
Washington Co., IA (1897)
Hail fell and drifted in piles 6 feet deep in Washington County.
Yuma, AZ (1950)
123 degrees - hottest temperature ever in Yuma. Yuma is the hottest city in the U.S.
Los Angeles, CA (1955)
110 degrees, hottest day ever in September. This mark was tied September 4, 1988.