Two meteor showers to watch for this week

The Draconids and Southern Taurids are taking over the night sky this week

As ever, the best chance you have of seeing the meteor shower is getting out as far away from light pollution as possible. However, there have been occasions, including past year, where the Draconids filled the sky with hundreds of meteors.

Here's what you need to know about the meteor showers.

October is not the only month for cool moon views or planet appearances: The Draconid and Southern Taurid meteor showers are hitting the night sky this week.

As the icy comet zips around the Sun, bits and pieces of its outer layers break off.

The International Meteor Organization says people should expect a minor shower with only about 10 meteors per hour, though the Draconids have been known to fill the sky with hundreds of meteors in the past.

Similar to the Draconids, the Southern Taurids are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour, but don't let the slim numbers discourage you.

When is the Draconid meteor shower this year? It will peak Wednesday, Oct. 9 into Thursday, Oct. 10.

"They are rich in faint meteors if they appear".

Statewide-Two meteor showers will peak on consecutive nights this week, including one known for bringing incredibly bright meteors known as fireballs.

While a "nice outburst" was visible last year, the AMS said, the Draconids are expected to produce no substantial activity this year.

If you plan on watching, your best view is away from city lights. Grab your telescope, put on a jacket, and head outside to spot the Draconids and the Southern Taurids.

Meteor shower alert! - the Draconids are coming to a night sky near you.

On the night of the peak, the Moon will be approximately 76 percent illuminated - the Waxing Gibbous phase.

Meteors are too quick and too sporadic for telescopes or binoculars to be of any use.

But keep in mind the chilly autumn weather and dress appropriately for your local forecast.

However, there is no need to locate Draco because the meteors will scatter in all directions at quick speeds.

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