2018 Draconid Meteor Shower

Seen any good fireballs lately?
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Christopher K.
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2018 Draconid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » October 1st, 2018, 4:25 pm

We don't pay much attention to this Class III (variable) shower, but since its parent comet (21P/Giacobini-Zinner) came very close to the Sun in September, we may see an outburst. Outbursts accompanied previous close passes of 21P. The entirety of Draconid action only lasts from the sixth to the tenth. However, between (roughly) 8:30pm on Monday the 8th and 12:30am on Tuesday the 9th, sharp-eyed watchers could see as many as five to seven streaks per hour--that's a very high rate for the Draconids! And yes, that early too! The radiant is about one-and-one-quarter degrees north-northwest of mag 2.8, G-class Rastaban.

Here is the current Meteor Activity Outlook from R. Lunsford...
https://www.amsmeteors.org/2018/09/mete ... er-5-2018/

Christopher K.
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Re: 2018 Draconid Meteor Shower

Post by Christopher K. » October 13th, 2018, 6:09 pm

There was indeed a great outburst of Draconids! On the 8th from 5pm to 7pm Baton Rouge time there was a ZHR of up to 100 (mostly dim at mag 4 to mag 5).

More information:
https://www.imo.net/draconids-outburst-on-oct-8-9/

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