As we enter the month of October, the night sky is ready to put on a dazzling display with the annual Draconid meteor shower about to grace our atmosphere. In this blog post, we’ll be taking you through everything you need to know about this meteor shower, including how to witness it, what exactly the Draconids are, where to get the best view and when this amazing event is set to occur.
The Draconid Meteor Shower, previously referred to as the Giacobinids, is an annual celestial event that takes place during October in the Northern Hemisphere. It's named the Draconids as the meteors appear to come from near the stars in the Draco constellation, but what exactly causes this meteor shower?
The Draconids occur when Earth passes through the debris left behind by a comet called 21P/Giacobini-Zinner as it travels through our solar system. Although it has a diameter of 1.24 miles, the comet is considered to be small and it orbits the Sun every 6.6 years. When Earth crosses paths with the comet’s debris, it results in a beautiful meteor shower with leftover fragments of the comet burning up in our atmosphere, creating bright streaks of light in the night sky.
The Draconid meteor shower provides the perfect opportunity for both novice and experienced stargazers to witness a celestial event. Here’s how you can make the most of the shower:
The best time to observe the Draconid meteor shower is during the evening of October 8th to the early hours of October 9th. During this period, the point of the Draco constellation the shower appears to originate from will be at its highest in the sky. However, although they won’t be as bright, the meteor shower can still be seen throughout the October 6th to 10th timeframe.
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With Draco’s stars being visible all year round from the Northern Hemisphere, naming a star in this constellation is a highly recommended gift. If you’re not quite ready to name a star, be sure to sign up to our mailing list in the meantime! Not only will you receive a code for 10% off your order with us, but you’ll also have exclusive access to our upcoming Black Friday deals, allowing you to give the gift of a star to your loved ones at an unbelievably low price!
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with the universe and the wonders it holds and to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Name a star with us and let your love travel across the universe like a shooting star.