This week you have two phenomenal ways to see a meteor shower in the night sky. Here's how to catch a glimpse of the Draconids and Southern Taurids.
When to See the Draconid Meteor Shower
First the Draconid Chill, which takes place annually when Earth crosses the orbit of Comet21P / Giacobini-Zinner and Giacobini-Zinner Comet waste transforms into meteors when they enter Earth's atmosphere to meet. Draconid refers to the appearance of the meteors near the head of the constellation Draco, the dragon. According to EarthSky, the shower is sometimes referred to as the Giacobinids – after Michel Giacobini, who discovered the comet in 1
The shower will peak on Tuesday, October 8, until the next morning, and be your best chance to discover one. Few meteors are just after dark. USA Today reports that you should focus your gaze on an empty piece of sky, since the meteors will compete with the light of the moon sun or perihelion, the number of meteors can sometimes reach hundreds or even thousands. Since the latest perihelion was built last year and the next one in 2025, EarthSky predicts that the railroad crossing will only produce about five meteors an hour this year] If you miss the Draconid ad on Tuesday night, you can Try again Wednesday at dusk with the southern Taurids. Although the Taurids are probably not much more meteors per hour than the Draconids in terms of their proximity to the constellation of Taurus, the meteors themselves may be more conspicuous. According to the American Meteor Society, the Taurids are "rich in fireballs" that are such large, brilliant meteors that they can even cast shadows on the ground.
And if the meteors manage to escape your line of sight altogether, do not worry: the Orionid meteor shower is underway later this month, followed by the Leonids in November and the Geminids in December.
[h/t USA Today]