A meteor shower that has been named as one of the most specular showers in recorded history, is due to peak over Merseyside this weekend.
The best time to view the the Draconid meteor will be around 7pm on Sunday night.
What is the Draconid shower ?
The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the 2 meteor showers to annually grace the skies in October.
The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner.
The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.
— Danny O’Brien (@cyclopsdan) October 8, 2016
Whats the best way to view the meteors ?
There isn’t a lot of skill involved in watching a meteor shower.
Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for the Draconids:
Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you – viewing meteors, just like any other kind of star gazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable.
Plus, you may not want to leave until you can’t see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
Check the weather and moonrise and moonset timings for your location before you leave, and plan your viewing around it.
Can I view it on Merseyside ?
The Met Office forecast is suggesting that it will be a cloudy night on Merseyside, which could ruin chances of spotting the shower.
A forecaster has said: “It will be a cloudy start, however some brighter spells will develop through the morning with some sunshine.
“There will be isolated showers through the day, mainly across Cheshire”.
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 6, 2017
When is the next meteor shower ?
The Orionids is the second meteor shower in October.
It usually peaks around October 21st.
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