An opportunity to see meteor showers twice during the month of October.. Here's how and when you see them?

طقس العرب GO 2022-10-06 2022-10-06T09:41:45Z
رنا السيلاوي
رنا السيلاوي
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An opportunity to see meteor showers twice during the month of October.. Here's how and when you see them?

Weather of Arabia - During this month (October) we look forward to two meteor showers decorating our sky, coinciding with the entry of the calm autumn weather, to be an opportunity for amateur astronomers and lovers of astronomical phenomena to enjoy the scene and take pictures.

 

Draconids Meteor Shower

Time: October 8-9 night

It is a small meteor shower with about 10 meteors per hour. This phenomenon occurs as a result of the entry of the Earth in the remnants of the dust of the comet Giacobini-Zinner (discovered in 1900), and it enters the Earth's atmosphere and burns in it, to appear in the sky in the form of meteors.

 

The best time to watch will be when entering the night from a completely dark place away from the city lights, where you see the meteors as if they were coming from the constellation Dracon (the Dragon), which is the reason for its name, but meteors can appear anywhere else in the sky.

 

Meteors can be seen from any region in the northern hemisphere, but the visibility will be somewhat weak because the moon will be in the first square phase and will block many faint meteors.

 

 

Peak of the Orionids Meteor Shower

Time: the night of October 21-22

It is one of the medium meteors, where the number of meteors reaches 20 meteors per hour at the peak, and the Orionids meteors come as a result of entering the Earth in the remnants of the dust of Halley's comet, which enters the Earth's atmosphere and burns in it to appear in the sky in the form of meteors.

 

The sky will be dark because the moon will be in the length of a thin crescent, which heralds the sighting of a large number of faint meteors as well, and the best viewing will be from a completely dark place away from the city light after midnight, and the meteors will fall as if they came from the constellation Orion, which is the reason for its name. But they can appear anywhere else in the sky, and meteors can be seen from any region of the world.

 

More: What are meteors? Why does it appear so bright in the sky?

 

How do you see meteors better?

You don't need any special equipment or a lot of skill to watch the meteor shower, all you really need is a clear sky, a lot of patience, and an interactive sky map to find the direction of meteor rays ( dragon meteor map, orchid meteor map).

Here are some useful meteor-watching tips:

  • For a clearer view, look for a place away from the city lights. Once in the spot, it may take your eyes 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the darkness.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, especially if you plan to be outside for a long time, and bring a comfortable blanket or chair with you - watching meteors takes patience and wait.
  • Once you find a suitable place, lie down on the ground and look up at the sky, and use the interactive map to find the direction of the radiation. The higher the radiation is above the horizon, the more meteors you are likely to see.
  • Meteors appear to originate from a point of radiation, but meteors can appear in any part of the sky.

 

This article was written originally in Arabic and is translated using a 3rd party automated service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors whatsoever.

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