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October will be a month with meteor showers

October will be a month with meteor showers

With the beginning of October in different regions of the world, you will be able to appreciate two amazing astronomical phenomena. Two meteor showers, which are popularly known as meteor showers because of their brightness at night.

Draconide Starfall

The Draconid meteor shower is one of the seven most visible showers from Earth that occur each year. On this occasion, the vision starts from October 6th and continues until October 10th. Maximum visibility will be achieved in the early morning of October 8-9.

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It is one of the most visible regions, especially in the northern hemisphere.

It is a group of meteors belonging to Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which separated from this large space rock. This debris, when it passes near the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds, burns and produces its luster in the form of lines.

To see them more easily, it is recommended to do this, preferably between 2 and 3 am, with the least possible interference from artificial light. The recommendation is to look north.

Orionid meteor shower

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Another Orionid meteor shower is more active than the previous one. They got their name because they are especially visible near the constellation Orion, which, in turn, is one of the easiest constellations to recognize.

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These meteorites are debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, and they become visible when Earth crosses this dirt path it leaves in its wake.

The Orionids are expected to peak between 20 and 25 fast meteors every hour, best seen between midnight and the hours before sunrise, during the darkest point in the sky.

They will be present between October 16-30, but the busiest night is expected on October 21.

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Data taken from El Tiempo