Science Friday: The Draconid Meteor Showers begin Tonight

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October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – radiates from the fiery mouth of the northern constellation Draco the Dragon. Because the radiant is located so far north on the sky’s dome, this shower favors temperate and far-northern latitudes, such as the U.S., Canada, Europe and northern Asia. In 2016, the peak date will probably be on the evening of October 7, starting at nightfall. There’s a rather wide waxing crescent moon to obscure this year’s shower, and this shower is often a sleeper, even in a dark sky completely free of moonlight. But watch out if the Dragon awakes, which is always a possibility! Follow the links below to learn more about the Draconid meteor shower.

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http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-draconid-meteor-shower#radiant

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