Draco meteor shower on Saturday night

2011-10-05 22:07

Cape Canaveral - As many as 750 meteors an hour are expected on Saturday as Earth travels through streams of dust and ice from Comet Giacobini-Zinner. The comet passes through the inner solar system every seven years.

The Draconid meteors are expected to peak between 15:00 and 17:00 EDT (20:00 to 22:00 GMT). While it will be night time in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, a nearly full moon is expected to dull the spectacle.

In the United States, the sun will obscure everything. Nasa space weather guru Bill Cooke says if the forecast is wrong and the timing is off by a few hours, the United States may be in for a treat.

The Draconids appear to come from the constellation Draco, the Dragon.

- AP
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