Another one which has the advantage of new moon, the Draconid meteor shower is also called the Giacobinids
OCTOBER 8 - DRACONID METEOR SHOWER Another one which has the advantage of new moon, the Draconid meteor shower is also called the Giacobinids
The Draconid meteor shower, also known as the Giacobinids
, takes place every year and is one of the two meteor showers to light up the skies in October.
amp;nbsp;Sometimes referred to as the Giacobinids
, the meteor shower's peak will occur Friday night, but it's best observed during the early evening hours, (http://earthsky.
Looking further ahead, the best prospect for a truly spectacular meteor storm in the next 50 years would perhaps be the Giacobinids
of 2011 October 9, expected to reach maximum at sometime between 19h10 UT and 20h40 UT on that evening.
Tonight's meteors are called the Giacobinids - after the comet from which they were spawned - or Draconids, because they appear to come from the direction of the constellation Draco.
The Giacobinids are, however, feeble in comparison with what is expected from another meteor family, the Leonids, next month.
Nevertheless the 1999 Leonids produced a spectacular display, certainly comparable to the 20th century's two other epic meteor outbursts: by the Giacobinids
(Draconids) in 1933 and 1946.
Japanese meteor observer Daiy Ito reported seeing 40 Giacobinids
in one 50-minute stretch when the radiant was still low and the limiting magnitude was 4.
between the comet's orbit and Earth's increased considerably - and the Giacobinids completely vanished from our skies.
And in subsequent years, the Giacobinids once again returned.
Expectations are mounting for a Perseid spectacle this year or next, and perhaps whoppers from the Giacobinids
in 1998 or Leonids in 1998 or 1999.