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08 October 2019 14:52

The Draconid meteor shower arrives each year in October when Earth passes through the tail of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

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The annual Draconid meteor shower has arrived but the short-lived spectacle is only here until the end of the week. Draconids are active each year around the first week of October, producing meteors for about four days. The meteor shower precedes the arrival of the bigger Orionid shower later this month. A supermassive black hole in the Milky Way exploded a blast of energy What is the Draconid meteor shower? The Draconid meteor shower arrives each year in October when Earth passes through the tail of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

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As the icy comet zips around the Sun, bits and pieces of its outer layers break off. Earth then slams into the debris-littered orbit at high speeds, creating bright streaks of light in the atmosphere. According to US space agency NASA, the shower produces between 10 and 20 shooting stars an hour. On rare occasions, Draconids can produce a meteor storm with hundreds of meteors every hour. Meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com earlier this year we might see a small swarm this year with 40 to 50 meteors bursting out an hour. READ MORE: See the beautiful Quarter Moon rise over the skyline of Rome

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