Like every year, the month of October is conducive to the rain of shooting stars. Because the dust regularly penetrates our atmosphere, burning in an instant which creates bright streaks in the sky conducive to grant our wishes. If you missed the October 8 Draconides, do not panic. We give you below a list of the different events to come in our starry sky. Do not miss these appointments!
Things to know about the 6 rains of shooting stars of October 2017:
The Draconids on October 8th.
It is the periodic comet Giacobini-Zinner who offers us this show every year. Named also the Giacobinids, we could admire them last year between 10 and 20 per hour.
The Taurides south, from October 10
The shooting stars of the southern Taurides will run from September 25 to November 25, but the peak is expected for October 10. This swarm is composed of two swarms: the north and south Taurids, they are debris of the comet of Encke which passes near our planet every three years and three months.
To admire the southern Taurids, look towards the constellation Taurus above the southwestern horizon. You will notice a shooting star about every 12 minutes, some as bright as our lunar star.
The Delta Aurigids, will be there from October 11
The shooting star swarm of the Delta-Aurigids is active from September 18th to October 13th, with the next and last peak planned for the 11th of this month. To observe this swarm (very fast, 64 km / s), look towards the Constellation Constellation over the north-eastern horizon, around 9:00 pm UT. You could see up to 2 meteors per hour. Last chance !
Epsilon Geminides, October 18th
The rain of shooting stars of epsilon-Geminids will spread over a period between October 14 and 27, with a peak planned for the 18th. Its name comes from the star from which they seem to come, namely the star epsilon Gemini, in the constellation Gemini.
To observe the swarm, locate the constellation Gemini above the horizon and this, as soon as it gets dark. You could see three per hour until the early hours.
The Orionids, October 21st
Orionids are particularly interesting. When the sky is clear, it is indeed possible to admire up to twenty shooting stars per hour. In 2006, between 50 and 70 meteors had illuminated the sky in 1 hour. This is debris from Halley’s well-known comet.
These have been entering the Earth’s atmosphere since 2 October. You can see this show until November 7th, but the peak is scheduled for October 21st.
To enjoy it, look towards Orion, as soon as it gets dark.
The Leo Minorides with a peak scheduled for October 24
The Leo Minorides shooting stars show will take place from October 19th to 27th, but the peak is scheduled for the 24th! Almost invisible to the naked eye, get a pair of binoculars or a telescope and look for the constellation of the Little Lion above the horizon.
The shooting stars will arrive from a point located between the constellation of the Little Lion and the Big Dipper. You could observe about two per hour. It will therefore be necessary to show patience.
The show promises to be grandiose and bright !!!