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The Draconid is the first of two meteor showers that will pass through our skies in October.
It owes its name to the constellation Draco which is a derivative of the Latin term draconem meaning huge serpent.
The meteor is created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by the comet 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner - sometimes the Draconid is also known as the Giacobinids.
It’s an unusual shower because it’s best seen in the early evening instead of between midnight and dawn like most other showers. This year it will peak on the night of the 7 where it should produce 10 meteors per hour.
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