Draco's constellation meteors are expected to light up the night sky tonight, while the meteor shower season kicks in.
Draconids are typically a silent celestial event, according to the International Meteor Organization. But they are known to produce "huge meteor storms"It was originally expected this year to be exceptional, but recent models suggest that a" small explosion "or" enhancement "of the event could occur on Tuesday.
"Whatever happens, it will be of great interest to closely monitor the Draconid meteor shower," wrote IMO meteor watcher Karl Antier earlier this month.
At the 1933 and 1946, the draconian meteor showers had some of the most impressive "Zenith hourly rates" of the 20th century, with thousands visible every hour. Increased activity occurred on several other occasions, including 2011 and 2012, but the moon often interfered with visibility. Last year observers in Europe reported seeing nearly 150 meteors per hour, according to IMO.
Perhaps the biggest opportunity to spot a meteor shower comes later this month with the Orionids, known for their association with Halley's Comet. Meteorologist and journalist Brian Lada said he broke the sun loungers and stared at the night of October 21.
"It's something to see," he said on the AccuWeather podcast. All under the sun. While Orionids are expected to produce about 20 meteors per hour, there are still strategies to optimize the viewing experience.
Lie on the floor or in a reclining chair to enjoy as much sky as possible, Lada said. Do not look at any other light sources for at least 30 minutes in advance to help your eyes adjust – it may take 15 to 20 minutes for this to happen. Get out of the city, because the more light pollution, the more it obstructs the view. Enjoy the orionids early in the evening, he added, as the moon rising at midnight will also interfere with visibility.
Otherwise, observing meteor showers is simple: just look up.
"No matter the meteor shower, they are always visible anywhere in the night sky," he said.