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.
Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the Caribbean could take a turn toward the United States as a hurricane next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
Rain will spread over much of the northeastern U.S. into the weekend, but persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic.
A new typhoon is brewing in the western Pacific Ocean and could pose a risk to Japan, Taiwan and eastern China next week.
Thundery showers set to start this weekend will depart before the season's first National Football League game in London kicks off on Sunday.
St. Louis, MO (1927)
Tornado 300 feet across with a 4-mile path crossed river. Twister killed 72, caused $22 million damage. Total of 81 dead from outbreak and $25 million damage.
Colorado Springs (1959)
A storm produced 28 inches of snow.
Reno, NV (1982)
Snow fell for the first time in 93 years in the month of September. Town received 1.5 inches the night before, surpassing the old record of 0.5 inches set back in 1889.