Draconid Meteor Shower on October 8, 2011 [May Damage International Space Station]

Sep 28, 2011; 6:36 AM ET

My astronomy expert, Daniel Vogler (well, Mark Comebellack is just as much of an expert), wrote on the AccuWeather astronomy facebook page, "Mark your calendar for October 8th. Draconid meteor shower time! Dust from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will give us falling star watchers a decent show, even though the full moon is four days later. One issue with this shower is that it may impact the ISS and possibly damage it. As far as viewing the actual peak times, it is in the daytime for U.S :(. 1 -2 PM EST. But check after sunset and you may get lucky. Europe has the best viewing for this one."

This meteor shower will be concentrated in the northwest sky. It will last for about 8 hours and be best seen just after sunset in the United States, if at all, as up to 1,000 meteors per hour will streak through Earth’s atmosphere, according to a recent study. Unfortunately, the flurry will peak around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. EDT so by the time it is dark most, if not all, of the show will be done.

Like other meteor showers, the Draconids result when Earth plows through bits of debris shed by a comet on its path around the sun. In the Draconid’s case, this comet is called Giacobini-Zinner (hence the Draconid’s other name, the Giacobinids).

via AccuWeather.com – Astronomy | Draconid Meteor Shower.

One thought on “Draconid Meteor Shower on October 8, 2011 [May Damage International Space Station]

  1. bizzibiz says:

    very interesting topic , outstanding post.

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