A 'Dragon' Meteor Shower Will Light Up Georgia Skies Next Month
Get ready to see a show!
There's nothing quite like looking up to the sky and soaking up views of an inky sea full of stars. There are so many spots in The Peach State that make for great viewing locations too, so you'll have plenty of chances to catch thenext month. "Draco the Dragon" will light up the skies, so get ready to mark your calendars.
Draco the Dragon's shooting star showcase will be coming to The Peach State at the beginning of October between Oct. 6 and 10. Stargazers will be able to get the best views at its peak, which is said to be happening on October 7 and 8, according to timeanddate.com.
Probably one of the best parts, you won't be having to stay up until 3 in the morning just to see it.
It'll be easiest to spot during the early evening hours, with excellent visibility starting around 8 p.m. and stretching to 11 p.m., though very good visibility chances are still possible as it gets later into the night.
Timeanddate cites that the Draconids comes from remnants of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and is visible to us land-dwellers as the Earth passes through their debris.
The Draconids gets its name from the constellation its shooting stars appear to rain down from, Draco the Dragon, which is located next to Ursa Minor, or what we call The Little Dipper.
EarthSky.com reports that the Draconids aren't always rich with activity. On average viewers will probably only see about five meteors shoot across the sky per hour, though it has been known to sometimes explode into unexpected splendor.
Some years, The Dragon Shower has over 600 danced across the sky in Europe.. The last time there were hundreds seen in an hour was back in 2011, when
A few places toinclude:
Moccasin Creek State Park
Stephen C. Foster State Park —
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Cooper's Creek Recreation & Wildlife Management Area
No telescope is needed to see this shower, just a dark spaceand your own two eyes. Just look to the skies!
Before you get going, check ourso you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.