Look for Draconid meteors just after sunset tonight

By Peninsula Daily News staff

OUR 'STARWATCH' COLUMN in the print edition of Friday's Peninsula Daily News discussed the Draconid meteor shower.

It is expected to peak just after sunset tonight.

Look for these slow-moving meteors coming out of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the north-northwest sky.

And there may be some aurora activity Monday.

Here's an advisory from http://spaceweather.com:

"DRACONID METEOR WATCH: Earth is about to pass through a stream of debris from comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, source of the annual Draconid meteor shower.

"Last year, Europeans witnessed a faint but furious outburst of 600 meteors per hour when the shower peaked.

"No such display is expected this year, but the Draconids are notoriously unpredictable.

"Northern-hemisphere sky watchers should be alert for slow-moving meteors emerging from the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon (not far from the North Star) on Sunday night, Oct 7th, through Monday morning Oct. 8th.

"Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

"INCOMING CME: A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth.

"The incoming cloud is expected to deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetosphere on October 8th, possibly sparking auroras at high latitudes. Would you like a phone call when the CME arrives?

"Geomagnetic storm alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice)."

Last modified: October 07. 2012 2:21PM
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