The Draconid meteor shower peaks on Wednesday evening so it’s worth keeping an eye on the sky to see if you can find a shooting star.
Fountains are expected to appear from parts of the UK that allow weather.
Here’s what you need to know about how, when and where to see a Draconid meteor shower.
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What dates can I see it?
The meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on Wednesday night, although it is taking place between 6 and 10 October.
When Wednesday becomes the main event, people may even get a chance to see a shooting star on Thursday evening.
What time can I see it?
As many as five meteors are expected to be shooting into the sky every hour on Wednesday night.
Meteors are said to be difficult to see after midnight.
Where and how can I see meteors?
The meteor shower will appear from the UK and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
The American Meteor Society advises trying to get a glimpse into rural areas rather than cities.
“These meteors are often obscure so it will help to observe from rural areas where the problem of interfering lights is less. The more stars you can see, the more meteors you will see, ” According to Robert Lansford of ANS.
The National Space Center echoed this adviceAdding, “Darker location better”.
“You don’t have to look in any particular direction. Turn back, let your eyes settle in the dark, and look at the whole sky (it helps friends to look in different directions), ”a spokesman said.
What are Draconids and what should I look for?
Draconids are named after a constellation named Draco Dragon, which is believed to be where they come from.
Meteors occur when the Earth passes through debris from comet 215 / Giacobini-Zinner, which, before dispersing, enters the Earth’s atmosphere at speed.
They look like a bright flash of light in the sky when viewed with the naked eye, although this year’s performance is not expected to be the most impressive there.
While there should be a handful of shooting stars per hour during this period, there have been many more in recent years.
Hundreds of meteors were seen as part of the show in 2011, while thousands of shooting stars can be seen in the 1930s and 1940s decades ago.
But if you miss the Draconid meteor shower this month, don’t be disappointed as you will also get a chance to see the Orionid meteor shower.
Will the weather be a problem?
Shooting stars are best seen when the sky is clear.
However much sunshine started for many parts of the UK on Wednesday, Met Office Fees said There will be showers in parts of northern and western Scotland as the day progresses.
Clouds and rain will also be seen in the south west of the UK as the day progresses, which could prove problematic in terms of seeing shooting stars.
Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected in many parts of the country this evening and overnight – but hopefully it will be clear enough to show some of the shooting stars on display.
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