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Draconid Shooting Stars

Draconid Shooting Stars

In October is shooting star time! At least briefly, in the night of October 8 to 9, the Draconids reach their climax. Every year from the 6th to the 10th of October, they can be seen in the sky when the earth crosses the orbit of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and its fragments burn up in our atmosphere.

The point in the sky, from whose direction the shooting stars seem to come - that is the radiant - is in the constellation of the Dragon. That is why they are best seen in the northern hemisphere. The Latin name of the constellation "Draco" is the origin of the name of the shooting star.

So, if you have named a Star in this or a neighboring constellation, you do not have to worry. The glowing flares are parts of a comet and not stars falling from the sky! For observation, it is best to go out of town and into a dimly lit place. Also, pay attention to the weather forecasts for your location, clouds, unfortunately, prevent the view of the shooting stars.