Back-to-back meteor showers make this a great week for stargazing

Keep your eyes on the skies! Two meteor showers expected this week	 	 	 			Getty Images

Keep your eyes on the skies! Two meteor showers expected this week Getty Images

Statewide-Two meteor showers will peak on consecutive nights this week, including one known for bringing incredibly bright meteors known as fireballs.

One of my favorite past-times as a kid was looking up at the night sky and spotting shooting stars. "So you never know for sure what's up in a meteor shower unless you look".

The first, the Draconid meteor shower, will reach its climax Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

"This year, nothing exceptional was expected, but new modelization seems to indicate there may be a small outburst or enhancement of Draconid activity on (Tuesday)", the IMO acknowledged in a report posted Sunday.

Meteors from the constellation Draco are expected to light up the night sky tonight as meteor shower season kicks into gear. The Draconid meteor shower is peaking this week, dramatically raising the odds of spotting a fireball across much of the United States, Mexico, and parts of Canada.

The Taurid meteors will appear to originate in the Taurus constellation, but the meteors should appear "all over the night sky", Space.com said.

From Sacramento to San Diego, people reported sightings of unusual, bright lights appearing to fall from the sky.

"This is a good shower for younger stargazers, especially since the shower peaks on a school night", Samuhel noted. Since the Moon can already drown out some of the brightest meteors in the shower, staying away from lamp posts and other brightly lit areas can significantly help in making the Draconids more visible. This shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, however, Southern Hemisphere observers may catch some Draconids, too. Years in which the earth passed by the tail end of this comet, we tend to see a lot more meteors.

Cooke also warned that the gibbous moon, on the cusp of a full moon Sunday, will make this year's conditions less than ideal even in the most remote, darkest areas.

You don't need any special equipment or skills to view a meteor shower.

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