2012-10-08 15:32:36

In October we will be able to observe two meteor showers, Draconid and Orionids.

Draconids, also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, is a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner(21P/Giacobini-Zinner). The name comes from the Dragon constellation, with the radiant flux. The 2012 shower occur on October 6–10, maximum will be on October 8. The flow is relatively young and is situated on the orbit a small range around the comet. Conditions for observations are suitable, because the New Moon will be on October 15. Meteors are slow and bright enough to have a reddish color. Radiant RA = 17h28m, Dec = +54 °, v = 20.0 km /s.

The Orionid meteor shower, usually shortened to the Orionids, is the most prolific meteor shower associated with Halley's Comet. The activity of stream is expected from October 2 to November 7, maximum will be on the October 21. Maximum activity occur when the Moon is in the first quarter, and it will slightly shine the sky. Meteors are long, fast, bright white. Radiant all the night will be over the horizon. In the evening it will rise to the horizon along with the constellation of Orion. Radiant RA = 6ch20m, Dec = +16 °, v = 66.0 km/s.

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