Have you ever trekked out to an open field or visited an observatory for a night of stargazing? No? Now might just be the perfect time because an incredible meteor shower is passing over Texas in October and it's going to be very visible.
According to Space, the Draconid meteor shower will be peaking on the night of Wednesday, October 8 until the early morning of Thursday, October 9. You may be asking yourself, what the heck is a Draconid meteor shower? It's a shower of shooting stars that are modest in appearance and reported to give off 40-50 flares per hour. However, in 1933 some scientists were lucky enough to see 400-500 in an hour, so let's just say anything is possible.
Texas is an amazing place to get a glimpse at these stars because of our open spaces. We certainly have room for everybody to get their own personal look at the night sky, just make sure to get away from bright lights on land.
Need help with location scouting? We have all the best spots where you can get a prime view below, thanks to Earthsky.org
George Observatory- 21901 FM 762 Rd., Damon, TX 77430
Goliad State Park- 108 Park Road 6, Goliad, TX 77963-3206
Bastrop State Park- 100 Park Road 1A, Bastrop, TX 78602
UT Austin, Painter Hall Telescope- 2420 San Antonio St., Austin, Texas 78705
Dinosaur Valley State Park- 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Fort Griffin State Historical Park- 1701 U.S, US-283, Albany, TX 76430
To check out even more places to see the Draconid meteor show, visit earthsky.org.
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