Today’s Astronomical Events – October 6th, 2014

The Draconid meteor shower begins tonight and can be seen over the north-western horizon in the evening. Given that Draco is one of the most northerly constellations, the radiant will be very low on the horizon for observers in Australia. Meanwhile, observers in the northern hemisphere may be hampered by the light of the waxing gibbous Moon.

The images above depict the sky at 8 p.m. local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



The Draconid meteor shower begins. (Maximum zenith hourly rate: Variable. Moon: waxing gibbous.)



Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.


Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).


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