Two meteor showers to watch for this week

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Back-to-Back Meteor Showers Will Hit Night Sky This Week

What is the Draconid meteor shower?

Statewide-Two meteor showers will peak on consecutive nights this week, including one known for bringing incredibly bright meteors known as fireballs.

"This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night", Samuhel noted.

So, if you've got a home in the country side and want a little entertainment with your dinner, you know where to look. This meteor shower will peak Wednesday, October 9 into Thursday, October 10.

The Draconids will peak on the evening of Tuesday, October 8 into Wednesday, October 9.

On rare occasions, Draconids can produce a meteor storm with hundreds of meteors every hour.

An outburst like this is not expected in 2019.

Like the Draconids though, the Southern Taurids won't produce that many meteors per hour.

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky. They can be so bright that they can cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

Speaking to, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert with Nasa, said: "The Draconids are one of those showers where you either see a bunch of them or none of them".

Although unclear, the object appears to fit the description of a fireball, which is a meteor that burns as brightly as the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky, according to the American Meteor Society.

"This shower favours the Northern Hemisphere but Southern Hemisphere observers might catch some Draconids too".

Still, weather permitting, you may still see something.

It may be hard for people along the east coast to catch a glimpse of the two meteor showers, as cloudy skies and poor weather will affect viewing conditions.

You don't need any special equipment or skills to view a meteor shower.

As ever, the best chance you have of seeing the meteor shower is getting out as far away from light pollution as possible.

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