The Draconids meteor shower is taking place
Eyes to the skies tonight – shooting stars will be lighting up the darkness over Nottingham this evening giving stargazers a spectacular show.
The Draconids meteor shower is taking place this month, so-called as the shooting stars will come from the direction of the constellation Draco.
And the peak is expected to be on Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8.
The good news is we are expected to enjoy patches of clear skies from 9pm until 1am before clouds thicken – giving us a great chance of seeing the cosmic displays.
Unlike most other meteor showers, the Draconids are best seen in the evening after sunset and not in the early hours before dawn the next day.
So watch out for them as soon as night falls.
Astronomers suggest first pinpointing the Draco constellation but you should be able to see the shooting stars in all parts of the sky providing there is clear weather.
You don’t need any special equipment as they can be seen with the naked eye.
However, as this year’s Harvest Moon was late, it has only just begun waning, so the glow from that will mean the sky isn’t as dark as usual for this time of year.
After the Draconids, a second meteor shower called the Orionids arrives later in October.
And the Hunter’s Moon, or Blood Moon, will take place on November 3.