“Because this meteor shower has created historical events in the past, looking at dragonites will see a little bit of history,” Lanceford said.
Dragonites are ideal for early birds because, unlike other rains that peak after midnight, it is visible as the night darkens and the sky becomes darker. It will be one of the last meteor showers before the cold weather arrives in October and November.
Do not worry about using a telescope because it will limit your view of the sky. The naked eye is the best tool to track these shooting stars. The meteor shower will be from time to time, so plan to grab a lawn chair and sit outside for a while.
For better visibility, try to find a place where there is not much light pollution. The crescent moon, a piece of the sky, will not obscure this year’s meteor shower. Going to a higher altitude and facing north will also help increase visibility.
When looking at the sky on Friday, you can see more satellites than meteorites (the latter traveling much faster), but this is the perfect opportunity to practice recognizing stars, Lanceford said.
The shower’s radiation point appears to be a meteorite, which is at the head of the Drago The Dragon constellation, named after the rain. But meteors can appear anywhere in the sky. People in the Northern Hemisphere will see better about this meteor shower.
The dragon never sleeps. Dragonids are classified as variable rainfall, Lunsford said. While other rainfall is consistent from year to year, variable rainfall can produce thousands of meteors a year or just the next few.
In 1933 and 1946, the dragonite meteor shower formed thousands of meteors per hour, and in 2018, the comet came very close to Earth in 72 years, according to Earthsky.
Fans of the Dragonite Shower may have more lucky spy meteors in 2025. That’s when the comet 21B / Geogopini-Zinner, which forms the meteor shower, approaches Earth, according to Earthsky. The comet orbits the sun every 6.6 years, and the debris of this comet forms a dragonite meteor shower.
Awaiting meteor shower
- October 21: Orionites
- November 4-5: Southern Darits
- November 11-12: Northern Darits
- November 17: Leonids
- December 13-14: Gemini
- December 22: Urchits
The Orionite meteor shower, which produces rapid rain, is expected to be heaviest on the morning of October 21st. But as the moon approaches full, the visibility will not be clear.
The Darit shower, which appears to be a bright fireball, lasts from mid-November to the peak. The best time to see darts is after midnight.