Possible "Shooting Star" Extravaganza Expected Saturday
Earth: Get your wishes lined up. Wishes in the "plural", as we could be about to
experience a multitude of shooting stars.
Scientifically, they're actually the
visible path of a meteoroid as it enters earth's atmosphere and becomes a
meteor. That's a trifling matter to anyone who's heard the Disney theme
music and is inclined to "wish upon a falling star".
On Saturday evening, there's a chance we could see a veritable freeway of
meteors, with up to 750 an hour are expected as Earth travels through streams of
dust and ice from Comet Giacobini-Zinner. The comet passes through the inner
solar system about every seven years.
The Draconid meteors are expected
to reach their peak of activity between 5 and 7-pm local time. Right now,
Environment Canada indicates the sky should be clear but, the sunset may obscure
some of the action. However, if the timing is off by a few hours, we may be in
for a feast for the eyes
The Draconids are associated with the
constellation Draco, the Dragon. If you get any pictures, we'd love to see them. For more information, check out these web