Draconids Meteor Shower PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mahesh Naik   
Thursday, 06 October 2011 06:52

Draconids meteor shower is due to the dust stream spewed by Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. After every 6.6 years, Earth passes through the denser portion of this cometic dust. This intensifies the Draconids meteor shower. This week's Draconic meteor shower is expected to be an intense one with hourly meteor rate (although uncertain) reaching 750 per hour. Maximum activity is expected to be in the small hours of October 09 between 1200 am to 0200 am (IST). Moon may hamper the observations.


Draconids (DRA):
Active: October 06 - October 11
Maximum: October 09
λ⊙: 195°
ZHR: May exceed 750
Radiant: α = 262°, δ = +54°
V∞: 20 km/s
r: 2.6.

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