The Amazing Outburst of Draconid Meteors You Missed on Saturday [PHOTOS]

 @LauraMatt
on October 09 2011 12:09 PM
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There was an amazing outburst of Draconid meteors on Saturday, as observers reporting to the International Meteor Organization showed that the shower didn't disappoint and performed as expect.

The Draconid meteor shower is usually humdrum, producing no more than 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. However, scientists estimated that this year would have been a spectacular event of about 600 to 750 meteors per hour. Most Draconids in the outburst were faint, but they did put on a good show.

The Draconid meteor shower was last seen in 2005. The Middle East, North Africa and Europe got the best views.

Draconid meteors come from Comet Giacobini-Zinner, which passes through the inner solar system every 6.6 years. When ir does so, it leaves a narrow thread of dust that over time, forms a network of filaments that Earth runs into every year in early October.

Check out what you missed below.

A view of a shooting star (Draconid) and northern lights near Skekarsbo at the Farnebofjardens national park, 150 km (93 miles) north of Stockholm October 8, 2011.

A view of a shooting star (Draconid) and northern lights near Skekarsbo at the Farnebofjardens national park, 150 km (93 miles) north of Stockholm October 8, 2011. REUTERS

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