Heads Up! 2 Meteor Showers This Month

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The Giacobinids (also known as the Draconids) are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. It happens during early October, the best nights being Oct. 8-10. The Giacobinids are best viewed in the pre-dawn hours in an area with a clear dark sky. There were meteor storms of thousands of Giacobinids per hour in 1933 and 1946.

The Orionids are a meteor shower that occurs throughout October into early November. At its peak around October 21-22, as many as 60 meteors per hour can be seen appearing to originate from the radiant located in the constellation Orion near its border with Gemini. Unlike some showers, Orionids can be seen several days before and after the peak night of October 21-22 (at a frequency of approximately 5-10 per hour).

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