We are entering that time of year when there is a lot going on in the night sky above us. October is one of the best months, as an annual meteor shower will kick off the show, NASA says the draconid meteor shower will peak on the weekend as Earth passes by throwing the remains of the comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner. Expect the shower to reach its brightest point on Friday night, October 8. Once again, will we have a good view here in the Hudson Valley due to the weather?
The Draconids are considered one of the more minor meteor showers, with typically around ten meteors seen per hour. However, a thin crescent moon will set before dark, giving those looking at the sky a better chance of seeing meteors early Friday evening, AccuWeather says during rush hour you can spot meteors. to any part of the sky, rather than just focusing on one area. You’ll just want to get away from city lights or any sort of glare that might interfere with viewing.
As often, clouds can interfere with the observation of this type of astronomical event. Hudson Valley Weather says the skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy in the area until Friday evening, which could greatly affect stargazing plans. This can vary depending on the location, so keep that in mind.
Later this month, the Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak, which is considered “one of the most beautiful showers of the year”. The meteor shower will peak in the early hours of Thursday, October 21.
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