Most years the Draconids are mild, but sometimes this shower is spectacular! While hundreds of meteors per hour are not guaranteed, during 2011 that is just what we got.
Right now our home planet is passing through debris that was left behind by 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, a comet that we can at the very least thank for this marvelous shower. You do not have to sit up all night to see this one which makes it appropriate for all ages. The Draconids are best viewed from after sunset to midnight. This meaning your little ones may catch a glimpse of something special before bedtime. Since it is already the 8th tonight will be your last chance to see this shower before it is gone until next time.
This shower it seems favors the Northern Hemisphere and varies from just a few shooting stars per hour to hundreds if the dragon is awake. Watching showers like this one can be a lot of fun if you go about it correctly. This coming just days after the Harvest moon makes things all the more special.
According to EarthSky the best way to watch is as follows:
“Just plan to spend an hour or more under a dark open sky, lying down and with your feet pointing northward.”
Sounds a bit romantic now doesn’t it? Might want to plan a date night with your lady if you are reading this. A small picnic under the stars making wishing would be quite the experience for anyone. Don’t worry though if you miss this one, later this month will be the Orionid meteor shower which is set to peak on the night of October 20th and carry through into the morning of the 21st. For a time lapse of one of the previous Draconid showers check out the video below.