Published On: Fri, Oct 6th, 2017

Draconid Meteor Shower 2017 live steam: How to watch the Draconids live online


How to watch the Draconids online 

Robotic telescope service Slooh will host a live stream the Draconid Meteor Shower on its website Slooh.com on Saturday October 7 at 9pm (BST).

Slooh will use several low light cameras installed at their observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, as well as using other global feed partners. 

You need to be a member to be able watch the Slooh live stream.

How to watch the Draconids in the night sky 

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To get a clear view of the meteor shower, it you should go to a dark rural area away from any light pollution.

You do not need any specialised equipment, such as a telescope or binoculars,  as you can see the shower with the naked eye.

Space website Earthsky.org said: “Unlike most meteor showers, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, instead of before dawn.

”Remember – no matter where you are on Earth – the radiant for this meteor shower is highest up in the evening.”

Europe, North America and Asia will give you the best views of the Draconids in the night sky.

What are the Draconids? 

Draconids are created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left behind by the comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner. 

The 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner comet was discovered by Michel Giacobini on December 20, 1900.

Following Giacobini’s discovery, another sighting by Ernst Ainner in 1913 added his surname to the comet’s name.

The comet takes about 6.6 years to make a single revolution around the Sun.

Following the highly anticipated event this weekend  a second meteor shower, the Orionids, will also take place later this month and usually peaks on October 21.



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