How to watch the Draconid meteor showers tonight

Olive Hawkins
October 10, 2018

The color of the meteors will be the same that is in the red and yellow colors, but will vary its brightness.

Here is what you need to know about the meteor shower above Leicestershire skies this month. You can start looking for the Draconids in the sky from 21:00, but the chances to see the handsome show increase after midnight.

A SPECTACULAR meteor shower will light up United Kingdom skies this month - here is when and how to see the Draconic Meteor Shower 2018 in the UK.

These rare activity bursts occur when the Earth travels through a denser part of the debris stream, and the most recent outburst was in 2012, when radar observations detected up to 1,000 meteors per hour. Its nature due to the fact that the earth passes through the dust debris left by comet Giacobini-Zinner. It's from this constellation that the Draconids appear to come from, sometimes raining down in their many hundreds. It will be high in the sky when darkness falls, moving lower throughout the night and finally near the horizon by dawn.

The best time interval is between 4 - 5 am on October 9 (Kyiv time). If you can't find it, don't worry: The meteors can appear anywhere.

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How can you spot the shooting stars?

Those spikes in activity were back in 1933 and 1946, among the most impressive meteor storms of the 20th century.

The Royal Observatory said: "Make sure there are no direct sources of light in your eyes, so that you can fully adapt to the local conditions and ensure that fainter meteors become visible".

October's most known meteor shower display is represented by the Orionids, which has its peak on the 21st of October and so far it has proven itself to be one of the most reliable meteor displays of the year.

"There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope; just look up with your own eyes to take in the widest possible view of the sky".

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