Back-to-Back Meteor Showers Will Hit Night Sky This Week

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The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London said: "The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe". The back-to-back meteor showers will give stargazers of all ages several chances to spot shooting stars.

This starry sight will be best to view before midnight on October 8.

So, if you've got a home in the country side and want a little entertainment with your dinner, you know where to look.

Although unclear, the object appears to fit the description of a fireball, which is a meteor that burns as brightly as the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky, according to the American Meteor Society.

The Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower with only around 10 meteors per hour, but on occasion, can fill the sky with hundreds of meteors.

The Draconid meteor shower is caused when the Earth "collides with bits of debris shed by periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinnerfor", according to NASA.

The first is Draconid meteor shower, which will peak on Tuesday, Oct. 8 into Wednesday., Oct. 9.

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If you miss the two meteor showers this week, the Orionid meteor shower will peak later this month from October 21-22, bringing about 20 meteors per hour.

"This shower favours the Northern Hemisphere but Southern Hemisphere observers might catch some Draconids too".

"It'll likely drown all but the brightest meteors in its glare". Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair, as meteor-watching can be a waiting game.

Rather, allow your eyes to adjust to the dark and try to see as much of the naked sky as possible.

For the best results, stay away from sources of light like street lamps, cars and buildings.

But keep in mind the chilly autumn weather and dress appropriately for your local forecast.

The Draconids will appear to break out into the night sky from the constellation Draco the Dragon - their namesake.

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