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A meteor show a little earlier for everyone to enjoy

The annual Draconid meteor shower will peak this week, bringing very bright meteors known as fireballs. Peak time will be Tuesday – Wednesday before midnight.

The Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower featuring about 10 meteors per hour but, sometimes the sky can fill with many more. In 2018 observers in Europe reported seeing up to 140/hr. This year is expected to not be as vibrant.

 However, the Draconids are notorious for being unpredictable, so there is still a chance for a burst for an hour or two with much higher rates, Samuhel said.

Unlike most meteor showers that are best viewed during the second half of the night, the Draconids come in greatest numbers before midnight – so some youngsters can enjoy the show!

Unfortunately, the moon will be in the sky during this part of the night, so stargazers should look for meteors in areas of the sky away from the bright moon.

Matt Brode

Matt Brode

Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode has been affiliated with News 4 Tucson since 2006. He holds his AMS seal of approval and is a proud graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He is happily married to his wife Ana Maria and proud father to David and Alexa.
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