Saturday's Draconid Meteors May Be No-See-Ums - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Saturday's Draconid Meteors May Be No-See-Ums

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Heads-up, meteor fans. As many as 750 meteors an hour are expected Saturday, as Earth travels through streams of dust and ice from Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

The comet passes through the inner solar system every seven years. These Draconid meteors are expected to peak between 3 and 5 p.m. EDT. That's terrible timing for U.S. observers.

The sun will obscure everything. NASA space weatherman Bill Cooke says if the forecast is wrong and the timing is off by a few hours, the United States may be in for a treat.

And while it will be nighttime in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, a nearly full moon is expected to dull the spectacle. The Draconids appear to come from the constellation Draco, the Dragon.

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