On the night of October 8, the Earth will pass through a stream of dust that comes from Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner and the result will be the meteor shower of the Draconids.
Comet Giacobini-Zinner meteors come from the northern constellation Draco, the Dragon, hence their name. Draconids are among the slowest meteors of all; they hit the atmosphere at 20 km / s, which is relatively slow. The slow pace of the Draconid meteors makes them visually distinctive. “The smooth gliding of a Draconid across the sky is a beautiful sight,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Office of the Meteoroid Environment in a statement.
The radiant point of the meteor shower almost coincides with the head of the constellation Dragon, in the northern sky, near the constellation Ursa Minor. It is not necessary to locate this constellation to see the Draconids. These meteors fly in all directions across the starry sky. Also this year, the moon will not be a problem for observation, since it will be the new moon phase and its brightness will not impair the observation of the Draconids.