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Draconid Meteor Shower – Watch Forecast & Bonus Beautiful Aurora Borealis Video

8 Oct 2015, 10:48 am

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Thursday is the first of two nights that skywatchers can view the annual Draconid meteor shower. An estimated 10 to 20 meteors per hour are expected to be seen shooting through the skies, if weather permits .

The forecast calls for a good viewing of the Draconid meteor shower in parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Clear skies are also expected throughout the High Plains and down into parts of the desert Southwest. Conditions will not be so favorable across the Southern region with an upper level disturbance bringing stormy skies throughout the area. A cold front will produce showers, thunderstorms and clouds throughout the Upper Midwest and Northeast and unfortunately not make it a great area to view the meteors.

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When to head outdoors & tips for the best viewing experience:

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Where to look up?

Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights will also be visible for northern areas of the United States and much of the United Kingdom.The extra visibility is caused by a burst of solar wind coming from a coronal hole in the Sun, which is shooting solar winds at the planet. This has all combined with the time of year to make the Northern Lights extra visible. By the way, the season of the year has an influence. The science behind this is not fully understood, but the two equinoctial periods in spring and autumn tend to produce an increase in aurora compared with winter and summer.

Of course best way to see the lights is to head somewhere as dark and away from light pollution as possible.

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