Meteor Showers Displayed ‘Dazzling Shooting Stars’

Meteor showers are reported to be rampant this month and the recent Draconid one peaked on Tuesday and has produced eight shooting stars per hour minimum and fifty shooting stars on its peak, causing the night sky to ‘dazzle.’

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Draconid is derived from the constellation Draco which means ‘dragon.’ Reportedly, the yearly meteor shower showcase peaks during the first week of October and is best viewed after the sunset on a clear sky.

According to Independent, this happenstance is caused when the earth passes through a cloud of debris left behind by the Giacobini-Zinner comet and is usually seen by people on earth for approximately four days.

On the other hand, the South Taurid meteor shower will last through November, with five meteors per hour in average. This meteor shower is caused by debris from comet 2P/Encke.

‘The Southern Taurids are a long-lasting shower that reaches a barely noticeable maximum on October 9 or 10,” the American Meteor Society declared. “The shower is active for more than two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity.”

Meteors are described as ‘fireballs’ when their brightness is higher than magnitude -4, which is similar to Venus whenever we see it in the night or morning sky.

In the latter part of October, Orionid meteor showers will peak on October 21 and 22.

 

 

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