The draconid meteor shower peaked on Wednesday night, so it’s worth looking up to the sky to see if you can spot a shooting star
Here’s everything you need to know about how, when, and where to watch the draconid meteor shower
The meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on Wednesday evening, although it will occur between October 6 and 10
Although Wednesday is the main event, people might still have a chance to see a shooting star on Thursday night
There should be around five meteors shooting into the sky every hour on Wednesday night
The early evening just after dark is considered the best time to spot shooting stars, and for a few hours after that, according to EarthSky
The meteor shower should be visible from the UK and other parts of the northern hemisphere
The American Meteor Society advises trying to get an overview in rural areas rather than cities
« These meteors are often faint, so it would be useful to observe from rural areas where stray lights are less of a problem The more stars you see, the more meteors you will witness, » says Robert Lunsford of ANS
« You don’t have to look in a particular direction Lean back, let your eyes adjust to the dark, and look up at the whole sky (this helps your friends to look in different directions) « Said a spokesperson
The Draconids are named after a constellation called Draco the Dragon, where they are believed to come from
Meteors are caused when Earth passes through debris from Comet 215 / Giacobini-Zinner, which heats up as it rapidly enters Earth’s atmosphere, before disintegrating
They look like a flash of light crossing the sky when seen with the naked eye, though this year’s display shouldn’t be the most impressive around.
Although this time around there should be a handful of shooting stars per hour, there have been a lot more in recent years
In 2011, hundreds of meteors were seen as part of this display, while decades earlier in the 1930s and 1940s, thousands of shooting stars could be seen
But if you miss the draconid meteor shower this month, don’t despair because you will also have the chance to see the Orionid meteor shower
Although Wednesday started with fairly sunny weather in many parts of the UK, the Met Office said there would be showers in parts of northern and western Scotland over of the day
The south west of the UK will also see clouds and rain throughout the day which can be problematic to see shooting stars
There should also be heavy rain and high winds in many parts of the country this evening and overnight – but hopefully this will be clear enough to show some of the shooting stars on display.
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