The Draconid Meteor Shower: Here's when you can see spectacular lights in Portsmouth

A dazzling meteor shower will light up the sky across the Portsmouth area.

Friday, 8th October 2021, 5:34 pm

The Draconid meteor shower is an annual celestial event which comes round each October.

Weather permitting, peak visibility for the constellation – headed by Draco the Dragon – will take place in the early evening tonight and around nightfall.

You will still be able to see it tomorrow evening – and it may still be visible on Sunday.

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The Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 22, 2020, Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Usually you need to get up in the early hours of the morning to see similar displays, but the Draconid shower appears as soon as it gets dark.

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Stargazers won’t need a telescope or any other equipment to catch a glimpse of the shower, but the sky does need to be clear and not blocked out by cloud or light pollution.

The Met Office forecast the weather to be cloudy this evening, and partially cloudy tomorrow evening, which may reduce the chance of the shower being seen.

You also have to let your eyes adjust to the sky and not look at bright devices.

What is the Draconid Meteor Shower?

The Draconid meteor shower is created from the debris of comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner.

It traces the path of the star constellation of Draco, the origin of it’s name.

The shower is also known as the Giacobinids, named after the man who discovered the comet, Michel Giacobini.

Draco the Dragon is the point in which the meteors appear to radiate, it’s ‘radiant’ point, giving off a bright light display as the earth passes through space debris from the comet.

You do not need to find the head of the constellation to see the shower, as the meteors will be across the sky, though it tends to be less active than others.

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