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

on October 09 2011 12:09 PM

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

Draconids seen in Sweden

Göran Fredriksson photographed this fireball splitting the evening twilight over Örnsköldsvik, Sweden: spaceweather.com

In the UK

Pete Glastonbury submitted this photo to Speaceweather.com noting that the clouds began clearing around 8pm over Wiltshire and I saw around 30 meteors until it clouded over again at 10pm. Most were small but a few were bright enough to be seen through thin cloud. Pentax K-R 18mm lens. ASA 1600 f3.5 10 second exposures. spaceweather.com

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