Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Two small meteor showers expected to peak Tuesday and Wednesday night

Two small meteor showers expected to peak Tuesday and Wednesday night

The Draconids shower has been active since October 6th, however, its peak with very good visibility is expected to be seen tonight at 8:36 p.m. into the early hours of October 9th, with the shower's visibility dissipating around 3 a.m. according to While this shower is generally less active than most, producing about 2 to 10 meteors per hour, it still provides a attractive sight for stargazers across the state.

Then, Wednesday night, the Southern Taurids meteor shower will peak. The Draconid meteor shower is peaking this week, dramatically raising the odds of spotting a fireball across much of the United States, Mexico, and parts of Canada.

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky.

From Sacramento to San Diego, people reported sightings of unusual, bright lights appearing to fall from the sky.

Unlike most meteor showers that are best viewed during the second half of the night, the Draconids come in greatest numbers before midnight.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: "The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe".

Lam says in control of Hong Kong, but no options ruled out
She appealed to property developers and landlords to offer relief to retailers whose businesses had been hit. Many restaurants and malls closed early over what was typically a very busy holiday period.

The Southern Taurids follow the Draconids.

Although the moon will be waxing and 78% illuminated - and only five days away from being a full Hunter's Moon - it will be relatively low in the southern sky, leaving the northern sky around Draco dark enough to see any shooting stars.

If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint. The shower is active between October 6 and 10. Viewers should try to look for meteors in parts of the sky away from the moon.

In the case of the Orionids, this debris comes from Halley's comet, while the Taurids are caused by material which originated from the comet 2P/Encke.

Skygazers are set to catch a glimpse of celestial fireworks in between rainy spells overnight as the Earth passes through a cloud of cometary dust.

Most of the time meteoroids burn up before they reach the ground, but if one manages to reach the planet's surface it is known as a meteorite.

Like this: