How to watch the Draconid meteor showers tonight

Draconids because of the peculiarities of meteor showers have a yellow or red tint.

Here is what you need to know about the meteor shower above Leicestershire skies this month.

This year, the shower lasts between October 2 and October 16 but is most intense when it peaks on October 8.

The meteor show is one of two showers be seen in the skies in October - the second meteor shower (the Orionids) in October usually peaks around October 21.

When is the Draconid Meteor Shower? This year, comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner reached its perihelion (its nearest point of orbit to the sun) on September 10, which means there is a possibility that more meteors will be observed. In 2018, about 10 meteors per hour are expected. Previous outbursts have occurred in years where that debris trail was fresh. It will be high in the sky when darkness falls, moving lower throughout the night and finally near the horizon by dawn.

The Draconids appear to emanate from the constellation Draco, the dragon, from a point just above the Little Dipper in the north after sunset.

The best time interval is between 4 - 5 am on October 9 (Kyiv time).

However, when the Draconid does flex its muscles, it offers some of the most incredible meteor showers. If you can't find it, don't worry: The meteors can appear anywhere.

According to, the Draconid meteors burst out into the skies near the Draco stars of Eltanin and Rastaban.

As with other meteor showers, the "shooting stars" are caused when fragments of comet dust burn up upon entering the Earth's atmosphere.

Because shooting stars move across the sky in a blink of the eye, it is best to find a clear wide open area where you can observe the entire sky at once.

At the same time, before you can see the meteor shower, it is better to give your eyes time to adapt: do not look at the light for at least 20 minutes.