The month of October this year, in the first and last third of it, witnesses a pleasant fall of meteors in the evening, so it can be seen in the sky at greater rates than usual, and this phenomenon is called meteor showers.

Meteor showers occur because the Earth, while revolving around the sun, can pass through the remains of some comets or asteroids that obstruct its path. We see and enjoy it.

October showers

For this reason, meteor showers have specific dates every year that coincide with Earth’s encounter with those remnants, and in October the Earth witnesses a passage between the remnants of a periodic comet called “21P/Giacobini-Zinner” (21P/Giacobini-Zinner) in the second week of the month.

This refers to the meteors falling on the night of October 9, in a scene seen in the Arab world, and the phenomenon is called The Draconid Meteor Shower.

But the moon will be in the sky tonight in a phase close to the full moon, and this makes it likely a degree of difficulty in seeing meteors, especially since they are not the best showers, and a person in a remote area (the desert for example) is expected to see only 5-10 meteors per hour, and in City area don't expect to see much.

But it seems that the month of October will not leave us a tiger without a gift, as the Earth passes between September 26 and November 22 with the remnants of Comet Halley (Halley's Comet), and this occurs specifically on the night of October 22, when it reaches The Orionids Meteor Shower is at its peak, and a viewer in a remote area can see up to 15-20 meteors per hour.

On the night of October 22, the Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak (NASA)

How do I see meteors?

Meteor spotting doesn't require any complicated tools, all you need is something to lie on and hold your head up to the sky.

In the case of the meteor shower, the meteors tend to come out from the side of the heavenly north, while in the case of the orbs they tend to come out a little from the south, but in all cases the meteors appear in all the sky.

It is always preferable to follow the meteors in remote areas far from the illumination of cities, where you can get the best possible chance of observing them, especially in the case of the presence of the moon or the weak rain.

The meteors of the dragons can be seen at any time throughout the night starting in the evening, and the orbs improve with the approach of dawn.

Pleasant showers all year round

In general, there is a group of meteor showers that astronomers await every year because they are heavy in precipitation, the first of which is the Quadrantids, which peak on January 3, during which more than 120 meteors can be observed per hour.

Meteor showers have types that astronomers await every year because they are heavy in rainfall (NASA)

There are also the Persides, which reach a peak on August 12-13, during which you can see meteors at a rate of 80-100 meteors per hour, and on December 13th is the peak of the Geminids, which has 100 meteors in the hour.

The Pershawiyat in particular are the most important meteor showers that appear in the Arab world, because their exact height usually corresponds to the night in the Arab region, unlike other showers.