Meteor Showers 2013: Sky-Watchers’ Guide
Northern hemisphere is the best place to observe Drakonids. Contrary to the most other meteor showers, Draconids are best seen late in the evening, than early in the morning. Most of the time, this meteor shower is not very intense, although sometimes there are bursts when several hundred meteors per hour can show in the sky. Moon is not expected to interfere with observations, so be ready to watch Draconids in the evening of 7 and 8 October.
October 21, 2013, Orionid meteor shower
Orionids are best observed before dawn, but this year bright moon can interfere with it. And yet, regardless of the usual maximum of 10-20 meteors per hour, one can observe the shower even at the moon because its meteors are usually quite bright. It is expected to reach its maximum from midnight to dawn a couple of days before and after October 21. Most likely, it will be mostly spectacular in pre-dawn hours of October 21.
4-5 November 2013, Southern Taurid meteor shower
The streams of the southern and northern Taurid showers are somehow scattered, which results in a longer duration: it will start on September 25 and end on November 25. However, the same reason will make it possible to see only up to 7 meteors per hour. The maximum flow of Southern Taurid is expected during the night of 4 to 5 November, mainly after midnight. It is worthy to say that regardless of the low number of meteors, they are often very vivid.
11-12 November 2013, Northern Taurid meteor shower
This shower will last from October 12 to December 2, but even during the peak, which is most likely to happen after midnight on November 12, only about 7 meteors per hour are expected.
16-18 November 2013, the Leonid meteor shower
Unfortunately, the November full Moon will prevent us from enjoying the magnificent sight of this meteor shower this year. Normally the Leonids are the most eye-catching meteor shower of the year. For example, in 1966 the meteors of this stream really looked like the rain, because in 15 minutes it was possible to observe up to several thousand meteors per minute. This year the maximum flow is likely to take place early in the morning of November 17 or 18.
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