The Draconid meteor shower, which was last seen in 2005, is peaking right now with an unbelievable amount falling through the atmosphere. If you’re one of the lucky ones in the UK who isn’t stuck under a ton of cloud and rain get outside and have a look.
The October Draconids occour when he Earth crosses the debris stream from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The particles from the comet (most the size of a grain of sand) enter the Earths atmosphere and burn up, creating these bright “shooting stars”
This years display was expected to be quite bad, the bright light coming from the moon is expected to wash out some of the fainter ones. However initial reports are good (295 per hour before the peak!) and again, in clear skies you should be in for a treat.
Also after the Draconids is the Orionids later in the month and the Leonids in November. Although not expected to be as active it’s always nice to see a meteor make its final plunge.
For all the latest as always start at http://meteorwatch.org/ (which may take some time to load since it’s struggling at the minute.
Updated 2212 08/10/2011