What is the Draconid meteor shower?More news: Al-Qaeda's South Asia Chief, Born In India, Killed In Afghanistan
"This year, nothing exceptional was expected, but new modelization seems to indicate there may be a small outburst or enhancement of Draconid activity on (Tuesday)", the IMO acknowledged in a report posted Sunday. Peaking on October 9 and 10, they are also considered to be a relatively minor shower.
Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky, according to AccuWeather.com. In 2018, observers in Europe counted more than 140 meteors per hour, according to the International Meteor Organization. They display a bright trail that can last anywhere from a millisecond to a second or so. They come in greatest numbers before midnight.
Of course, a little luck (and playing of the waiting game) is always involved in viewing any meteor shower, especially if you're looking to capture it on camera.
But the real spectacle will occur on one night only during the shower's peak.More news: Alexandria men wanted in killing of witness at Amber Guyger's trial
The Draconids typically produce between 5-10 meteors an hour.
Experts at AccuWeather say your best chance of catching this sight is in areas away from the bright moon and that is less cloudy. After about 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Nearly all other meteor showers are best viewed after midnight, when the observer's location is firmly on the night-side of the planet. You just want to be away from city lights, or any sort of glare that could hinder viewing.
Unlike planet-hunting or distant star gazing, meteor watching is a game of patience and comfort. The Orionids have been active since October 2 and will remain so until November 7. This meteor shower will peak Wednesday, October 9 into Thursday, October 10.More news: 800,000 Californians may have power cut to help prevent wildfires