Draconids Meteor shower will peak over Wirral tonight


The Draconids meteor shower will peak tonight above Wirral.

In the evening just after nightfall, will be the best time to spot the meteors, giving you a chance to see 5 per hour.

Although it is not the most active of showers, back in 2011 over 600 meteors an hour were spotted.

The Draconid shower is produced by debris from Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zimmer in the direction of the constellation of Draco.

Nasa said: “The comet orbits the sun once every 6.6 years, leaving tendrils of dust in its wake.

“This year the Earth encountered three or four of these tendrils.

“Usually the Draconid meteor shower delivers no more than 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

“However, meteor specialists estimated that this year’s Draconid rates could top 600 per hour — that’s 10 per minute — under ideal viewing conditions.”

Spotting the meteors may be difficult as the Met Office has issued Wirral severe weather warnings for heavy rain.

This means a lot of cloud will be around, making it hard to spot any.

After a few days of rainfall already, saturated ground could lead to some areas prone to flooding.

Longer travel times, road surface spray and damage to buildings from floodwater is also possible.

The Met Office warning for rain is in place from 9pm Wednesday – 9 am Thursday.

Then Met Office say: “Cloud thickening this evening as rain moves in from the west, affecting most of the region overnight. Winds briefly easing through the evening before picking up again during the night.” 

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