It seemed that the peak of starfall has passed in August. However, in October, Ukrainians will be able to witness two astronomic sights at once. The peak of the first one is expected at night on October 8-9.
What are Draconids?
Officially, the October Draconids are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are named after the constellation Draco, where they seemingly come from.
At the night on October 9, the meteors will be falling, usually 5-15 of them per hour.
In fact, it could vary, and sometimes the meteor shower turned into a downpour from thousands of objects per hour. Last time this happened in 1946.
Several hundred Draconids per hour were observed in 1998. In 2018, about 10 meteors per hour are expected.
The Draconids flow often have a yellowish or reddish color. The speed is about 20 km/s.
When can you see them?
As it has already been mentioned, the peak of the starfall is the night of October 8 - 9. You can start looking for the Draconids in the sky from 21:00, but the chances to see the beautiful show increase after midnight.
The best time interval is between 4 – 5 am on October 9 (Kyiv time).
How can you see them?
National Geographic notes that it will not be easy to see them. In large cities, because of bright lighting, the starfall is not visible, so it is better to watch it from the countryside.
At the same time, before you can see the meteor shower, it is better to give your eyes time to adapt: do not look at the light for at least 20 minutes.
If the light is still needed, it is advised to get red torches, that is to cover the flashlight with a packaging paper of red color.
What do they look like?
This is so that you can imagine what to expect.