October 23, 2021

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Starry sky in october. We’ll see dracones and orionides

The starry sky can also be observed in the fall. The stars will “fall” in October as well. Get ready for a swarm of dragons and orion.

After the time of the most famous Perseids, it’s time for the lesser known but just as awesome. They will begin to “lower” on October 4 and will peak on the night of October 8-9. You’ll still be able to watch it on October 10, but in smaller numbers.

Draconids appear each October when Earth crosses the orbit of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. They are fragments of this comet that will burn up in our atmosphere and appear to us generally as meteors. Each year varies in terms of the frequency of visible meteorites. Sometimes they are only visible for two hours and other times there are dozens of them.

Dracoids, like most swarms, have their names from where the observers seem to emanate from the constellation of Draco. Unlike other swarms, they can be seen soon after sunset, rather than deep into the night.

In the second half of October, the Orionids will join the ranks. They also appear every year and are based on the constellation Orion. They start around October 21 and we can keep an eye on them until the first week of November.

Its frequency is higher than that of the Draconids, you can see up to 25 meteors per hour. It is best seen in the early morning.