Thewill reach its peak on Friday night in the sky across the Northern Hemisphere.
The short-lived shower, which occurs from October 6 to 10, marks the first since August’s spectacular Perseids and is named from the constellation Draco.
While the meteors streaking through the sky can be traced back to Draco’s dragon head – thefrom which the space rocks appear to emanate – the shooting stars can be seen from all areas of the sky.
Notably, the, the Draconids are best seen in the evening just shortly after nightfall.
That said, the shower only produces around 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
The Draconid meteors are caused by debris shed by the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner,.
The agency notes that the comet has a six-and-a-half-year-long orbit that periodically carries it near Jupiter, leaving tendrils of dust in its wake.
Draconids, sometimes called Giacobinids, are also known for rareand in 2011 observers in Europe counted more than 600 meteors per hour, .
To view the meteor shower, interested parties should find a dark area with an unobstructed view of the sky andto give the eyes a chance to adjust.
While it is possible to see the shower from the Southern Hemisphere, if the constellation Draco doesn’t rise above the horizon there or rises only briefly, there won’t be much to see.
Stargazers also have the chance to see the Orionids during the shower’s peak on the evening of Wednesday, October 20, althoughthat this year’s viewing will be affected by the brightness of the nearly full moon.
More meteor showers, including November’s Leonids and December’s Geminids, are on the docket before the end of the year.