Have you ever seen shooting stars? Well, there are few things more beautiful than watching a shooting star streak across the sky. It is to be noted that the meteors are believed to be caused when our planet crosses the orbital path of Comet 96P/Machholz. Also, when a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it vaporizes and turns into a meteor. Well, this is what we see as a streak of light in the sky. Meteors are sometimes mistaken as shooting stars but they are just tiny pieces of rock. Well, shooting stars are about to rain down from the heavens and illuminate the night sky this week. Interesting, isn't it. The two meteor showers will peak this week, with one promising particularly bright meteors known as fireballs.
According to a report of express.co.uk, a pair of meteor showers (Draconid meteor shower and Southern Taurid meteor shower) will peak on consecutive nights this week.
Draconid Meteor Shower
Draconid Shower, which offers between 10 and 20 meteors an hour, can be seen on October 9. The Draconid meteor showers arrive in the night skies before midnight. Unfortunately, the Moon will be in the sky during this part of the night. It means that the stargazers should watch for Draconid meteor showers in areas away from the beaming Moon.
1933 and 1946 produced thousands of meteors every hour, while observers saw more than 600 meteors per hour in 2011. However, these were caused when the comet that causes the Draconid meteor shower was close to Earth’s orbit.
Southern Taurid meteor shower
Southern Taurid meteor shower arrives on Wednesday, October 9 into Thursday, October 10. Southern Taurids are similar to their predecessor as they are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour.
How to spot meteors in the sky during a shower
A major misconception with meteor showers is you should focus on a certain part of the sky to see shooting stars. Well, the fact is that meteors arrive in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point. Stargazers should watch meteor showers in areas away from the beaming Moon.