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Draconid meteor shower: It’s happening TODAY and THIS is how you can watch it

October 7, 2017 10:45 AM
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Draconid meteor shower: It’s happening TODAY and THIS is how you can watch it

The first of October’s two meteor showers is almost upon us and the Draconids – which comes from the word Draco the dragon – offers stargazers a chance to catch an exciting celestial display.

This year, the Draconid meteor shower will peak tonight and tomorrow night.

There is a slight chance that the light from a rising moon may causes issues for stargazers – but the best option is still to head as far away from light pollution as possible.

It is believed tonight is set to be cloudy but skies will clear up by tomorrow evening.

Like other meteor showers, the Draconids are caused by Earth’s atmosphere coming into contact with debris rock and dust from a passing comet.

In this case – it’s the comet Giacobini-Zinner – which orbits the sun every 6.6 years.

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Source: dailystar.co.uk

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