Meteor showers are nothing short of magical – to see tons of shooting stars across the sky all at the same time is something everyone needs to experience at least once. If you've yet to check this item off your bucket list, you're in luck because this weekend, the Canadian skies will be lit up with a spectacular meteor shower.
The Draconid meteor shower is coming this weekend and will be best seen from temperate and far-northern latitudes, which means Canada, the U.S., Europe and northern Asia, according to EarthSky. The meteors will come from the northern constellation Draco the Dragon.
The Draconid meteor shower is expected to start on the evening of October 6th, but your best bet is to watch it on October 8th, which will be the peak evening for this light show due to the guaranteed dark sky from the new moon. The meteor shower will be taking place from October 6th to 10th.
Every once in a rare while, the Draconid shower can reach hundreds or even thousands of meteors an hour. Talk about a spectacular sight. Just some years ago in October 2011, people all around the world saw an extraordinary amount of Draconid meteors – more than 600 meteors per hour in, according to EarthSky.
To make sure you get the best chance of viewing the Draconid shower, try to watch it on its peak evening, October 8th. Al,so try to go somewhere with dark skies and less light pollution – typically this will be away from the city centre. The Draconid shower is best viewed at early evening, not late at night. The Draco reaches the highest point in the sky at around 5 PM local time.
If you do end up missing it this year, no fear – this is an annual meteor shower, so you always have next year! But here's hoping you have the chance to wish on some shooting stars this weekend.