AMATEUR astronomers across the country are excitedly anticipating the Draconid Meteor Shower, which is taking place over the weekend. Here’s everything you know about the mesmerising scientific event and the best way to catch it in the UK. What is the Draconid Meteor Shower? The stunning display will see up to 1,000 shooting stars dazzle through the skies this weekend. This scientific phenomenon gets its name from the Draco the Dragon constellation which lies in the far northern part of the sky. The meteors, associated with the Giacobini-Zinner Comet, mean they are sometimes known as the Giacobinids. Every year in October, the Draconid Meteor Shower spawns from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which rounds the sun every 6.6 years. When is the Draconid Meteor Shower taking place? When does it peak? The Draconid shower can best be seen during the evening just as night falls on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. On these days there … [Read more...] about Draconids meteor shower 2017 – when can I see it, what time, how and what time does it peak?
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The Orionid meteor shower is set to peak the night of Oct. 21-22, but the moon will lead to subpar views for this night sky display. The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. "The moon is going to mess with you," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com, and 15-20 meteors per hour should be visible. The particles come from Comet 1P/Halley, better known as Halley's Comet. This famous comet swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth's orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris. "You can see pieces of Halley's Comet during the Eta Aquarids [in May] and the Orionid meteor shower [in October and November]," Cooke told Space.com. Orionid Meteor Shower: Leftovers of Halley's Comet The Orionids are named after the direction from … [Read more...] about Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: When, Where & How to See It
IF you've ever wanted to see a meteor shower, you're in luck – a shooting star display is imminent. The Leonid Meteor Shower hits Earth every November and the celestial event has returned once again. Here's everything you need to know about it... What is the Leonid Meteor Shower? The Leonid Meteor Shower is one of six significant annual meteor showers. A meteor shower occurs when many meteoroids (rocks in space) fall towards the Earth after breaking off a comet - a small, icy object in the Solar System which orbits the sun in an irregular fashion, unlike the Earth's circular orbit. This particular celestial event is called the Leonids because it appears to come from the Leo star constellation. It occurs when the Earth passes through debris which has broken away from the comet Tempel-Tuttle - which has a whopping 33-year orbit around the sun. The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars When the Earth passes through the debris, it falls towards our … [Read more...] about When is the Leonid Meteor Shower 2017, what time does it peak and where can I watch it in the UK?
One of the best meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend, and with any luck, you should be able to spot at least a few of the shooting stars for yourself. The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13.If you happen to be in a light-pollution-free area with nice weather, you'll probably be able to see about 60 or 70 meteors streaking through the moonless sky, according to NASA estimates. Photos of the Perseid meteor shower in 2015: 14 PHOTOS Perseid meteor shower 2015 See Gallery Perseid meteor shower 2015 A long exposure image showing an aeroplane passing in the sky during the Perseids meteor shower over the remains of St. Ilia Roman early Christian basilica dated back to the 5th6th century AD near the town of Pirdop, early on August 12, 2015. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The … [Read more...] about How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend
Every August, the night sky is peppered with little bits of comet debris in what we call the annual Perseid meteor shower. In 2017, the Perseids will peak on Aug. 12 (best showing the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13), with 60-70 meteors per hour possible for observers with clear, dark skies, according to NASA. The Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most amazing meteor shower of the year, although this year its splendor will be dampened slightly by a bright moon. Check out our Perseid meteor shower guide here. Here are 10 cool facts you can use to impress friends and family late at night or early in the morning while watching for shooting stars: FIRST STOP: Perseids are FAST This countdown was last updated Aug. 6, 2018 … [Read more...] about Top 10 Perseid Meteor Shower Facts