Look up! 2 different meteor showers to peak this week

Look up! 2 different meteor showers to peak this week

- If you have any wishes to make, now is the time, because stargazers will get their chance to view two back-to-back meteor showers that are expected to peak this week.

According to AccuWeather, the Draconid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday night, October 8, to Wednesday morning, October 9.

The Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower, with usually about ten meteors per hour.

The Southern Taurids and the Draconids meteor showers are active and will be the most visible this week.

According to the website that monitors celestial events, Montreal will have the best view of the Draconid meteor shower, named after the Draco the Dragon constellation. Those meteors will appear brighter than some of the others that we see throughout the year.

It's suggested to arrive at your viewing point 15-20 minutes prior to the peak to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, to dress for the weather, and lay looking up to the constellation where the meteor showers will rain from for the best viewing conditions.

Although stargazers may be a little disappointed, there's more to be excited about as we've been blessed with another shower this month, the Orionidsset, which will strike towards the end of October. And the entire country should be on the lookout for shooting stars.

The shower takes place around this time every year, as Earth passes through Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner's tail. Cooke also cautioned that viewers should be prepared to look for a while before they see meteors.

Onlookers who see meteors originating from the northwestern sky will know that they are part of the Draconids. The only drawback is a bright moon will make it hard to see fainter meteors. The shower is active between October 6 and 10. European observers noticed over 600 meteors per hour in 2011.

And while the Draconids aren't typically dramatic, it's possible they could surprise some patient sky gazers.

For the best results, stay away from sources of light like street lamps, cars and buildings.

One man's dashboard camera captured what looks like flickering lights across the sky, or even little fireballs, while he was driving in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the large bright evening moon will hinder this 12 months' Draconid shower.