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Wednesday
Oct092019

Meteor Showers Should Be Active Tonight

October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – will likely peak at nightfall or early evening tonight, under a moon-drenched sky.

There's a full moon on Oct. 13, and in the days up to then, the moon may obscure some of the light from the meteor showers.

Debris from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is responsible for the Draconid meteor shower, which gets its name because the meteors appear to be coming from the direction of the constellation Draco the Dragon.

The South Taurid meteor shower will last through November, averaging about five meteors per hour. The full moon will also affect seeing this shower, but a new moon later in the month should provide more views. The South Taurid meteor shower is caused by debris from Comet 2P/Encke.

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