2016 Draconid Meteor Shower: Everything You Need to Know
Autumn is always a rejuvenating time of change in our lives. And, when it comes to astronomy, it is no different. Among the many dazzling sights in the night skies this season, the 2016 Draconid meteor shower peaks this Friday, October 7!
As the first of two annual October showers, the Draconids are a true wild card. Typically, the shower yields a meager handful of meteors per hour. Yet, in some years, several hundreds – even thousands have been observed.
As indicated by name, the meteors visually appear to pass through northern constellation, Draco, the dragon. Also, as unusually slow-moving meteors, the light show passes through the dragon’s mouth, like fireballs.
When can I see the 2016 Draconid meteor shower?
Peaking on Friday, October 7, the shower is best observed between sunset and midnight. Now, all meteor showers require patience. Some hours produce 10, others zero. Therefore, plan on sitting patiently for at least one hour to give the shower a fair chance.
Where can I see the 2016 Draconid meteor shower?
Draco, is a northern constellation, which proves quite favorable. Due to the current crescent Moon’s light potentially interfering with the shower, higher is better. In other words, the higher you look into the sky, the less light pollution you face. So, simply gather warm clothes, a comfortable chair, face north to northwest and look straight up.
Here’s some information to make your observations much easier!
What to expect 2016 Draconid meteor shower?
Finally, like all celestial events, anything can happen; or not happen. And, the Draconids are especially hit-or-miss. But, if you live in the northern hemisphere, your night skies are not overcast and you have an hour or more to spare, you are in business.
Currently, predictions for the 2016 Draconid meteor showers indicate few meteors per hour. But, these are predictions, and can easily change. Plus, seeing even a single shooting star blazing through the sky is a rare and enjoyable gift, is it not?