We have just been blasted by a large CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) from the Sun, where there are currently several geomagnetic storms raging. Solar winds are following behind this large CME so the earth is currently being bathed in some fairly stimulating energy. Everyone experiences this differently ~ for some, its a kick up the bum and highly motivational. For others, it tires them out or causes them to feel irritable and snappy. If you feel oddly tired or emotional for no reason, it’s probably these solar energies to blame!
Coupled with this burst of solar energy comes the first meteor shower of the month.
This is called the Draconid Meteor Shower due to the central point of the shower almost coinciding with the head of the constellation Draco, The Dragon, in the Northern Sky (see picture below from EarthSky). If you’d like to see the radiant point, look to the North West during early evening (5-8pm) and to the South later on in the evening (8pm onward) or simply find the big or little dipper and look directly north above them. It doesn’t really matter with this shower however as these meteors are slow moving and zoom all over the sky from all different angles.
The Draconid shower is unusual because unlike many meteor showers, the Draconids are more likely to be seen in the evening hours rather than after midnight ~ which is fab as I’ve spent too many evenings freezing my bippy off at 3am watching for meteors! This meteor shower often produces crazy amounts of meteors in a short space of time whilst in other years, they are sporadic and we’ll see maybe 20 an hour. Every year it’s different depending on exactly where we pass through the comet trail of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.
There will be a very thin waning, crescent moon, so there shouldn’t be much light cast across the sky and the best time to watch the meteors would be early evening on October 8th or 9th.
With lots of love
PS – if you’ve got any Tektites, Libyan Desert Glass or Moldavite – pop it out in the garden on the nights of the meteor showers. Its about the only thing that occasionally charges those crystals.