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Draconid meteor shower peaks this weekend

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TUCSON - As earth passes through debris left behind by the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner the Draconid meteor shower arrives in early October.

This year, the meteor shower is expected to peak on October 7th and/or 8th and unlike most meteor showers, the best time to watch for Draconids is just after nightfall to around midnight. 

Most of the time the Draconids is a pretty weak meteor shower with just a few meteors per hour, but every once in a while the shower turns into an all out storm. During the 2011 Draconids about 600 meteors were seen per hour in Europe.

These meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Draco the Dragon which is in the northern part of the sky. With clear skies and comfortable temperatures across southern Arizona this evening the viewing conditions will be perfect, however, we will have to contend with a bright, waning gibbous moon that rises around 8pm Tucson time. 

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