Stargazers across the Northern Hemisphere are in for a special treat this weekend. Tomorrow night kicks off this autumn’s annual Draconid Meteor Shower. The shower, named for its origins near Draco the Dragon constellation, will give Friday night lights a whole new meaning.
As with most meteor showers, the Draconid meteor shower promises a handful of nights in which sky junkies can catch a view of the shower’s shooting stars. However, on Friday, the shower should be at its peak. The Sun stated the October meteor shower has been known to rain around 1,000 shooting stars per hour.
Additionally, the best time to view the Draconid meteor shower is actually at a rather convenient time. Most celestial events have peak viewing times typically in the middle of the night or really early in the morning. Now, stargazers should get the best view of tomorrow night’s meteor shower right when it gets dark.
So for Outsiders as star-obsessed as I am, be sure to grab dinner and head outside. This time of year, sunlight’s fading much faster. So, keep your eyes up and look around because we should see shooting stars at all points across the sky.
The news outlet further recommends sitting outside for at least an hour during the shower. It should give you an ample chance to view the shooting stars.
Further, fear not if you miss out on shooting stars from this meteor shower. Later this month, we also get a front-row seat to the Orionid meteor shower. Good luck stargazers!
Man Finds Meteor Fragment Old as Earth Itself
This season’s annual Draconid meteor shower is nothing to sneeze at, especially if skies across the Northern Hemisphere promise to be kind. However, for Outsiders with a love for all things celestial, you’ll want to read on about one English man’s discovery in a horseshoe print.
By nature humans are curious and, while sometimes, it gets the better of us, most times it leads to some pretty remarkable finds. In March, Derek Robson from Loughborough, England uncovered an ancient meteorite within a horseshoe track, literally as old as Earth time itself.
After uncovering the ancient find, scientists found the age of the meteorite to lie around 4.6 billion years old, dating to the time of our solar system’s creation. Scientists at Loughborough University further found the space rock to be of the “carbonaceous chondrite” category. Simply put, the rock’s composition makes up only 4-5% of meteorites found on Earth.
In addition to its impressive age, scientists may utilize the rock to answer questions about our planet and solar system dating to a time before such things saw completion. Shaun Fowler, a Loughborough University microscopist, said the ancient find gives scientists “the rare opportunity to examine a piece of our primordial past.”
And you thought dinosaurs were cool.