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What time is the meteor shower tonight? Draconids will illuminate the skies of England


The British can take a look at the Draconid meteor shower as it passes through a cloud of comet dust on Earth.

The shower will run from October 7 to 11, but is expected to peak from Friday evening to Saturday.

Draconids, named after the Dragon Draco constellation, occur every year and are one of two meteor showers to illuminate the skies in October.

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The shower comes from the debris of Comet 21 P / Giacobini-Zinner and occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.

However, bad weather threatens to prevent people from seeing the sky.

Met Office spokeswoman Grahame Madge said: “The appearance of meteor showers is not optimal in the UK, but there will be limited chances with cloudy breaks in central and southern England tonight and maybe more chances tomorrow.

“Skywatchers in the north and west of the UK will block clouds and rain.

“Fog can cause local problems in other areas as well.”

But if the clouds part, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after noon, from 9pm to 12am.

To optimize their chances of seeing the screen, people should try to find a place with dark skies, an unobstructed horizon, and very little light pollution.

They should also make sure that there is no direct light source in their eyes.

There is no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope.

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