October will be coming with two meteor showers, one of them being the Orionids, considered a major such event, and also the Draconid Meteor Shower, which is part of the variable class.
The American Meteor Society defines Class III or Variable meteor showers as meteor showers that can produce strong activity only on rare occasions.
The Draconid Meteor Shower Will Peak this Weekend
The Draconids gained their name, as accustomed, from the constellation Draco the Dragon. This latter can be seen year-round by people with a view of the northern sky. The meteor shower used to be called the Giacobinids.
This is because the Draconid meteor shower is caused by the Earth’s passing through bits of debris shed by 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, a periodic comet. In most cases, the Draconids deliver around 10 to 20 meteorites per hour in its peak period. However, from time to time, it was noted to produce some 600 meteors per year at its peak. That would mean some ten meteorites every minute.
In 2017, the Draconid meteor shower started on October 08 and is expected to last until October 10. Its peak period will occur this weekend, on the evening of October 07 to October 08. Specialists note that this shower’s meteorites might be hard to see because of the Moon.
Still, October will also be coming with another meteor shower, the Orionids. This started on August 25 and is expected to last until November 19. However, this meteor shower’s peak period will be later this month, from October 20 to October 21.
The larger Orionids are expected to deliver some 30 meteorites per hour at their peak. Also, these should be easier to see, without the influence of the full Moon.
The Orionid meteor shower comes as the result of our planet’s collisions with debris left behind by Haley’s Comet. This meteorite shower is named after the constellation Orion, from which it emerges and radiates.
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