Get Set for Meteor Shower This Evening
Waxing moon makes this a good year for Draconids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2013 5:23 AM CDT
A time-lapse image of a 1998 meteor shower.   (Wikimedia/Juraj Toth)

(Newser) – If you're a fan of skygazing—but not early mornings—you could be in for a treat tonight. The annual Draconid meteor shower will be at its peak and while it doesn't tend to be the most spectacular event of its kind, it is unusual because it is best viewed just after sunset, not before dawn like most meteor showers, USA Today explains. Astronomers say the intensity of the yearly shower—caused by the Earth passing through debris left by the Giacobini-Zinner comet—is tough to predict, but some years can see thousands of "falling stars" per hour. This year is not expected to be among the most intense, but it's a good year to watch because the waxing moon won't reflect enough light to ruin the view.