Look for Draconid meteors just after sunset tonight

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OUR 'STARWATCH' COLUMN in the print edition of Friday's Peninsula Daily News discussed the Draconid meteor shower.

It is expected to peak just after sunset tonight.

Look for these slow-moving meteors coming out of the constellation Draco the Dragon in the north-northwest sky.

And there may be some aurora activity Monday.

Here's an advisory from http://spaceweather.com:

"DRACONID METEOR WATCH: Earth is about to pass through a stream of debris from comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, source of the annual Draconid meteor shower.

"Last year, Europeans witnessed a faint but furious outburst of 600 meteors per hour when the shower peaked.

"No such display is expected this year, but the Draconids are notoriously unpredictable.

"Northern-hemisphere sky watchers should be alert for slow-moving meteors emerging from the head of the constellation Draco the Dragon (not far from the North Star) on Sunday night, Oct 7th, through Monday morning Oct. 8th.

"Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

"INCOMING CME: A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth.

"The incoming cloud is expected to deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetosphere on October 8th, possibly sparking auroras at high latitudes. Would you like a phone call when the CME arrives?

"Geomagnetic storm alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice)."

Last modified: October 07. 2012 2:21PM
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