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The Draconid Meteor Shower Is Coming

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End Of An Era

CAPE CANAVERAL (CBS4) – If you look up to the sky this weekend, you might get lucky and see a shooting star. Actually it would be a meteor which just looks like a shooting star.

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.

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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