If you have some time tonight and love to see shooting stars, or more accurately, meteor showers then head outside. The 2013 Draconid Meteor Shower will have it’s final night in the sky in it’s peak display. The Draconid shower started it’s peak on October 7th, 2013 and will go into October 8th, 2013.
The benefits of the Draconid meteors is that they are positioned in a way that you will not have to be up in the early hours of the morning but instead can start seeing meteors after sunset. Another advantage this year is that the moon is barely visible which will provide a better dark night sky for viewing a meteor shower.
Just because the moon isn’t that bright tonight doesn’t mean you won’t have to be patient. You will need around 20 minutes to let your eyes adjust to the dark night sky and you’ll need to be in as dark of a place as possible. As long as you’ve got those things down and you have an hour or so to keep a watchful eye you are bound to catch some falling stars tonight.
The Draconid Meteor shower is most famous for it’s 10,000 meteors an hour explosion in the sky in 1933 and 1946. The IMCCE has some scientific analysis on why the Draconid shower produced so many meteors those years and lines up other years in recent past that have seen big spikes of meteor activity.
The best place to look for the meteors tonight is in the constellation Draco. Which is right below Ursa Minor. Look at our top graphic above to see the location and shape of constellation Draco and you should be well positioned to catch the most amount of meteors shooting across the sky. If all else fails, you can still catch meteors in the entire night sky during tonight’s meteor shower. Have fun!