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What to see in October: two starfalls will peak

In October, the inhabitants of the Earth will witness two starfalls at once. This was told by the press service of the Moscow Planetarium.

Bright Orionid meteor, October 21, 2008

Two meteor showers will reach their maximum in early and late October. The first one is the Draconids. The maximum activity falls on October 8th.

The Draconids are a periodic shower that operates annually from October 6 to October 10, giving over the past century two short impressive star showers in 1933 and 1946, sometimes bursts from 20 to 500 meteors per hour occur. In 1998, a short burst of activity reached 700 meteors per hour and was observed in the Far East and Siberia.

The name Draconids comes from the constellation Draco, in which the radiant of this stream is located. The radiant is the point in the sky where meteors appear to come from.

What to see in October: two starfalls will peak

The best time to see the Draconids on the night of maximum with clear weather is the evening of October 8, just after dark, and before midnight. Meteors are best observed immediately after sunset. Draconid meteors are reddish and very slow, a characteristic that helps to separate genuine shower meteors from random meteors.

On October 21, the Orionids will reach their maximum intensity. This is a periodic meteor shower of medium strength, at the peak of activity giving up to 20 meteors per hour, it is born from a trail of particles left by the famous Halley’s comet. The Orionids operate annually from October 2 to November 7. The meteor shower got its name Orionids from the constellation Orion, in which its radiant is located – the point from which, as it seems to an earthly observer, meteors fly out.

Orionid sightings are possible in clear weather from local midnight to dawn over the southeastern horizon.

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