Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

With only roughly 10 meteors per hour, the Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower.

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky.

Despite possible bursts of shooting stars, experts say it's more likely that stargazers will in reality be only able to see five or six with the naked eye as the rest may be too small or fast to see without specialist equipment.

If you're a fan of star-gazing, then your Tuesday evening is set to be more exciting than you thought as the Draconids meteor will be setting night ablaze with shooting stars.

But the real spectacle will occur on one night only during the shower's peak.

The Draconids meteor shower could be seen tonight and tomorrow night.

Although unclear, the object appears to fit the description of a fireball, which is a meteor that burns as brightly as the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky, according to the American Meteor Society.

Like other meteor showers, the Southern Taurids will be best viewed during the dark hours before dawn, according to NASA.

Like always, the visibility of meteor showers relies on a number of factors, including weather conditions and the location of the stargazer. Some suggest bringing a blanket or chair, as meteor-watching can be a waiting game.

For the best results, stay away from sources of light like street lamps, cars and buildings. We're not expecting any outbursts in 2019, but meteor shower outbursts are notoriously hard to predict, so you never know!

During the peak of a meteor shower, meteors are visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the radiant point.

You can use timeanddate.com's Interactive Meteor Show Sky Map to find the current direction of a meteor shower in the sky. The meteor shower precedes the arrival of the bigger Orionid shower later this month.

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