TORONTO – The Draconid meteor shower will be visible to Canadians this week as the celestial event peaks on Friday, October 8, but may also be visible on Thursday and Saturday.

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The “bright point” for the Draconid meteor shower roughly coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky, which is why the shower is best viewed from the Northern Hemisphere. according to earthsky.

Canadians wishing to see the meteor shower should try to watch on Friday nights and evenings for their best chance of seeing the short-lived event, which usually zips past the Big and Little Dippers after it’s completely dark. Is.

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Optimal viewing is dependent on a clear night sky, which Environment Canada says is likely to occur in Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, Regina and Calgary.

The Draconid meteor shower typically produces a few meteors per hour most years, but in rare instances hundreds of meteors have been observed, with Europeans in 2011 having seen more than 600 meteors per hour.

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canadian space agency gives advice For amateur astronomers to catch a glimpse of the shower.