When is the Draconid meteor shower? How to see the stunning celestial event from the UK

Shooting stars will roam the skies this weekend when the annual Draconid meteor shower returns.

Stargazer in the northern hemisphere there is a dramatic spectacle – weather if it allows – in the next few nights, when the draconian shower reaches its peak and dozens of meteors will sweep through the night sky.

This weekend’s meteor shower is the latest in a long line of exciting celestial events in 2021, after the last fall equinox and the big one Perseid meteor shower, which took place in the summer.

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When exactly is the Draconid meteor shower and when is the best time to watch it? Here’s everything you need to know to have a look at it this weekend.

When is the draconian meteor shower?

The Draconian Meteor Shower is an annual sky event that occurs in October.

The meteors began appearing yesterday October 7th and will remain visible through Monday October 11th.

You have the best chance of spotting the Draconids when they peak on Friday and Saturday.

Unlike other meteor showers, which are clearest between 3 and 4 a.m., you don’t have to stay up late to see the Draconids as they are most visible in the evening just after dark.

How to see the draconian meteor shower from Britain

During a draconian meteor shower, the meteors appear to be from the Draco constellation, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

For the best chance of seeing the meteors, choose a stargazing site with a wide view of the sky.

You can only see the meteors on a clear night. So check the weather in advance to avoid disappointment.

Here are some quick tips to get the best view of the Draconid meteor shower this weekend:

  1. Choose an area away from tall buildings and trees to ensure you have a wide view of the sky

  2. The darker it is, the easier it is to see the meteors, so avoid any light-polluted areas

  3. There is no benefit in using a telescope or binoculars when trying to see the Draconids – just look up at the sky

  4. Avoid using your phone for at least 15 minutes before trying to properly adjust your eyes for the dark

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