October 5, 2018 | by: marysullivan

Draconids Meteor Shower 2018

In 2018, the Draconids will peak on the night between Oct 8–9

Draconid meteor shower - where to look. See story SCIENCE Meteor. Infographic from PA graphics

Draconid meteor shower – where to look. See story SCIENCE Meteor. Infographic from PA graphics

October Meteor Shower

The Draconid meteor shower, also sometimes known as the Giacobinids, is one of the two meteor showers to annually grace the skies in the month of October.

The Orionids is the second meteor shower in October. It usually peaks around October 21.

Draco the Dragon

The Draconids owe their name to the constellation Draco the Dragon, and are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.

Although the Draconids have been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history, most recently in 2011, most astronomers and sky gazers consider it to be one of the less interesting meteor showers.

What Time Does the Meteor Shower Peak?

The table is updated daily and shows the position of the Draconids radiant in the sky for the upcoming night. Use the date drop down above the Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to change dates.

Draconids meteor shower for Moncton (Night between October 8 and October 9)
Time Azimuth/Direction Altitude
Mon 7:00 pm 308°Northwest 74.7°
Mon 8:00 pm 302°West-northwest 66.1°
Mon 9:00 pm 303°West-northwest 57.3°
Mon 10:00 pm 306°Northwest 48.7°
Mon 11:00 pm 310°Northwest 40.4°
Tue 12:00 midnight 316°Northwest 32.8°
Tue 1:00 am 322°Northwest 26.0°
Tue 2:00 am 330°North-northwest 20.2°
Tue 3:00 am 337°North-northwest 15.5°
Tue 4:00 am 346°North-northwest 12.2°
Tue 5:00 am 355°North 10.5°
Tue 6:00 am North 10.3°
Tue 7:00 am 12°North-northeast 11.8°

Direction to see the Draconids in the sky:

How to See the Draconids

You don’t need any special equipment or a lot of skills to view a meteor shower. Even though all you really need is a clear sky, lots of patience, and our handy Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map with a visibility conditions meter to see a meteor shower, the following tips can help maximize your shooting star viewing experience.

  • Find a secluded viewing spot, away from the city lights. Once at the venue, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark.
  • Dress for the weather, and make sure you are comfortable, especially if you plan to stay out long. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair with you—meteor watching can be a waiting game.
  • Once you have found your viewing spot, lie down on the ground and look up in the direction of the radiant. Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map or the table above to find the current direction of the radiant in the sky.

Credit: www.timeanddate.com