2 meteor showers to peak this week: How to watch

2 meteor showers to peak this week: How to watch

While the Draconids are normally quite a minor meteor shower, they have been known to produce spectacular outbursts of hundreds or even thousands of meteors per hour, as happened in 1933, 1946, and 2011.

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

You might see a shooting star tonight.

The Southern Taurids are also considered a minor meteor shower, but meteors will not be the only sight to take in: The American Meteor Society says the Taurids are "rich in fireballs".

This year, a bright waxing gibbous moon will block numerous meteors, but if the night is clear, this evening shower is well worth a look.

The first is Draconid meteor shower, which will peak on Tuesday, Oct. 8 into Wednesday., Oct. 9. These fireballs can appear so bright, they cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert with Nasa, said: "The Draconids are one of those showers where you either see a bunch of them or none of them".

"This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night", Samuhel said.

The Southern Taurids follow the Draconids.

"Unfortunately, the large bright evening Moon will hinder this year's Draconid shower".

It may be hard for people along the east coast to catch a glimpse of the two meteor showers, as cloudy skies and poor weather will affect viewing conditions.

For the best results, stay away from sources of light like street lamps, cars and buildings. Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair, as meteor-watching can be a waiting game.

During the peak of a meteor shower, meteors are visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point.

Rather, allow your eyes to adjust to the dark and try to see as much of the naked sky as possible.

Although stargazers may be a little disappointed, there's more to be excited about as we've been blessed with another shower this month, the Orionidsset, which will strike towards the end of October.

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