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Draconid’s Meteor Shower Tonight! October 8, 2010

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, meteor.
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The Draconids meteor shower occurs every year in early October, peaking between October 7-8 in 2010[1] when the Earth is passing through debris left from the comet 21p/Giacobini-Zinner. This meteor shower produced 200-1000 mph (meteors per hour) in 1933 and 1946. While this shower is usually much quieter, it peaks during evening hours[1] (rather than early morning hours, like other meteor showers) so it’s more visible.

BUT… pay attention for next year’s!  NASA is expecting the 2011 shower to be one of the best in 10 years with up to 750 per hour.

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1. Kim - October 8, 2010

I’m in the military, in San Antonio, Texas. I was in formation this morning, 8 October 2010, at 0500. Right at 0500, give or take a minute, i, along with my entire platoon saw a HUGE meteor fall to the West/Southwest. It entered the atmosphere, changed color from red to green, then lit up the sky near the horizon orange before dropping too low to see. Incredible! I saw a couple more, smaller ones later. This was the first time I’ve ever seen one come to earth, it was amazing!


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