The Draconids arrive

Here is my general rule of thumb:  There are notices of a meteor shower. I write about it. Immediately, clouds roll in.

However, I will persevere. The Draconid meteor show will go off in the northern sky on Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8. It will be at its peak in the early evening both nights, so you won’t have to stay up until 3 a.m. to see anything.

The shower occurs annually when the Earth passes through the debris field left by Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The specks of sand  floating around in space left by the comet it the earth’s atmosphere, burn up and you’ve got a shooting star.

The Draconids  named after the Constellation Draco, the Dragon,   are unpredictable. Often there’s only a few meteors in an hour. Sometimes. there a flurry. But if you can pause in a dark field and look up at the night sky, that’s a reward in itself.

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