Draconid Meteor Shower 2021: When, where and how to watch the unpredictable ‘shooting star’ display

A Draconid meteor streaks across the starry sky over Taos, New  Mexico, in this photo taken by Mike Lewinski on Oct. 5, 2018. (Image credit: Mike Lewinski/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

The annual Draconid meteor shower peaks Friday evening (Oct. 8), two days after the new moon.

Even at their peak — which, this year, occurs just after nightfall on Friday evening —  the Draconids are usually modest, generating just a few meteors per hour. Because this year’s Draconid meteor shower occurs so close to the new moon, in the absence of bright moonlight more meteors may be visible in the night sky. 

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