Best View of the Meteor shower and more.
The two main meteor showers to look out for in the month of October are the Draconids and the Orionids. To watch a meteor shower you don’t need any special telescopes or any other professional equipments nor do you require to learn any special skills, all you need to keep in mind are some tricks and of course you’ve to carry your patience along every time you want to sky-gaze.
General tips that’ll make you a stargazing pro
Tip number 1:
If you want to enjoy the meteor shower from your house’s terrace or an open play ground you need to know that it’s just not gonna happen.
You need to get away from the city lights to somewhere dark.
Then select a comfy viewing spot and be calm.
Tip number 2:
Give your eyes around 15-20 minutes to get used to the dark. Don’t change spots. Remain at one spot. Be comfortable get yourself some snacks and drinks, stay hydrated and focused at all times.
Tip number 3:
You’ve to look in the direction of the radiant. Carry a sky map or download sky guide apps preferably Sky View, Sky Map or Star Walk 2. (all are available for free)
Tip number 4:
Do not forget to carry a compass that you will need at all times. You can also carry a pair of binoculars for clearer and closer view thought it isn't a necessity as a meteor shower can be enjoyed with naked eyes too.
DRACONIDS METOER SHOWER
PEAK DATES: 8th - 9th October
Draconids are generally associated with THE DRACO constellation which is located in the far northern sky. It is the eight largest constellation of the universe.
ORIONID METEOR SHOWER
PEAK DATES: 21-22 October
Orionids appears every year when earth travels through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s comet. Though Halley’s comet appears only once in 75 years.
There is just so much to carry with you on your little sky gazing trip that you might miss out on something so here’s a checklist.
1 ) Compass
2) Food and drinks
3) Sky-map or a sky-map app on your phone
4) Mosquito repellent ( if you might need it )
5) Anything and everything that makes you comfortable
6) Loads of patience
7) A pair of binoculars ( not compulsory)
Written by: Yashita Sabharwal
Yashita Sabharwal is volunteering for Voyager Space Outreach to write Blog Posts on Space/STEM oriented topics.