Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Draconid meteor shower is happening right now

If you have clear skies were you live, now is a good time to go outside, face north and watch the meteor shower in progress.

The one we are seeing right now is called the Draconids because the meteors appear to come from the constellation Draco to the North.

It's peaking tonight October 8th (actually right now) and we could see as many as 1000 meteors per hour.

I've been out watching for about 45 minutes and I've seen quite a few. Including one which lasted for 1-2 seconds and visibly broke into pieces as it burned up. Awesome as always :-)

A Geminid meteor from Dec. 2010. Picture from