Draconids meteor shower: How to watch tonight’s meteor shower – key times to watch skies

Meteor spotted in night sky over Northern Ireland

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Up to 10 shooting stars an hour will blitz through the skies tonight as the Draconid meteor shower lights up Friday’s night sky. The Draconids occur every year over several days – this year between October 7 and 11.

The peak of the meteor shower is tonight, October 8 between 9pm and 11pm.

The first meteor shower in October, it is named after the constellation of Draco the dragon.

The shower comes from the debris of comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner and occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the meteors, unfortunately, in some areas, the weather isn’t playing ball.

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Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said on Thursday: “Viewing conditions of the meteor shower are not optimal over the UK, but there will be limited opportunities with cloud breaks in central and southern England tonight and perhaps greater chances tomorrow.

“Skywatchers in northern and western parts of the UK will be hampered by cloud and rain.

“Fog may also create local difficulties in other areas.”

Should the clouds allow stargazers to look skyward, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after nightfall.

Try and head away from areas with light pollution – such as a rural area with dark skies. 

Take a torch to find your way, and an umbrella in case the skies open!

You can see the Draconids with your eyes, so you don’t need to hunt for your binoculars or set up a telescope.

The Draconids can be spotted until October 11, however will be at their most frequent tonight. 

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