Canadians this week will be able to witness the Draconid meteor shower this October, and it will peak on Friday, October 8. The event may also be visible on Thursday and Saturday. It is named Draconid due to the “radiant point” that nearly coincides with the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the northern sky.
Anyone living in Canada wishing to view this spectacle should try to watch it at nightfall and early evening Friday. At those times you will have the best chance at seeing the sort-lived event. The celestial event will fly past the Big and Little Dipper once it is fully dark outside.
For optimal viewing, observers rely on a clear night sky as clouds would block your vision. According to Environment Canada, there will be clear night skies in Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, Regina, and Calgary. The Draconid meteor shower on average produces a few meteors per hour most years. In rare occurrences, hundreds of meteors are seen, like when the Europeans observed more than 600 meteors per hour in 2011.
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