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Stargazers, grab your binoculars: The annual Draconid meteor shower will peak on Friday evening and is expected to light up the night sky.

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According to NASA, Draconid Meteor This occurs when Earth collides with pieces of debris shed by periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner (which is why this shower was called the Giacobinids).

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Most meteors in the annual rainfall are named for the constellation from which they appear to radiate, in this case Draco the Dragon, Earthsky said.

According to EarthSky, the Draconid meteor shower is considered a short-lived event and is expected to peak on October 8. It is also not highly active, with about five to 10 meteors per hour.

“Generally speaking, draconids are not a thriving bath, unless their parent comet is nearby,” Earthsky explained. “As a wise man once said, a meteor shower is like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something.”

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Still, on rare occasions, this shower has been known to rain down hundreds or even thousands of meteors an hour.

Luckily, waxing crescent The moon sets before nightfall and will not hinder this year’s harsh rains.

How to Watch the Draconid Meteor Shower

The shower will peak on December 8 (Friday evening), meaning viewing at that time will be the best opportunity to spot the meteors. But you can start seeing the meteors during its active period starting from October 6th to October 10th.

Draconids are best seen at dusk in a dark open sky away from city or street lights.

“The Draconid shower is a true oddity, with the brightest point being highest in the sky when it is dark. This means that, unlike many meteor showers, more Draconid showers are likely to occur in the evening hours after midnight than in the early morning hours. is,” EarthSky continued.

This meteor shower is also favorable for viewing Earth’s northern hemisphere.

Keep in mind that October night temperatures can be cold in North America, so be prepared for cold weather and give yourself at least an hour of viewing time if you can.