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Sky Watch: Meteor Showers

October’s Draconids meteor shower, named after the constellation Draco, is peaking tonight and tomorrow night in the Northern Hemisphere, despite the luminous waxing gibbous shining brightly in the dark sky. Also unofficially referred to as the Giacobinids, this shower’s parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. Image Credit: N.A.Sharp/NOAO/AURA/NSF This comet has an orbital period of about 6.6 years. It’s approximately six times more distant at its farthest point from the Sun than at its nearest point. At aphelion, its most distant point, it can be found flying around out past Jupiter. At perihelion, its closest point to the Sun, it’s about the same distance as the Earth is from the Sun. Fun Fact: The next perihelion is scheduled for...

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