Get ready to go star gazing as an impressive meteor shower hits our skies this weekend.
The rare and captivating Draconid Meteor, responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers recorded in history, is making its way to Egypt between Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of October. The meteor shower, formerly known as Giacobindis, is caused by the earth passing through Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner’s dust debris.
The shower will be visible to the naked eye for those across the Northern Hemisphere. Even more so as the moon will be at its declining crescent stage and accordingly will not be rising until later in the evening, permitting a thrilling, vivid sight of the Draconids. Star gazers are recommended to view the meteor shower in the early evening, after sunset and before the complete fall of night.
Discovered by Michel Giacobini in 1900, the torrents of Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner’s remains raining down on Earth aka Draconids, peaking on the 8th and 9th of October, are only one of two astronomical phenomena, so in case you miss it, a second meteor shower known as The Orionids is expected across Egypt’s skies on the dawn of October 22nd.
Photoby Fouad El-Batrawi.