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The Draconids Meteor Shower

Hotly anticipated as one of the astronomical events of the year, the Draconids Meteor Shower should thrill stargazers this October.

The discovery of this shower is due to predictions from several astronomers that the Earth will be close enough to the tail of the comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner to produce a shower of meteors visible to those in the Northern Hemisphere. In 1933, the night sky lit up as observers were treated to up to 100 meteors a minute; one of the best displays of the entire 20th Century. At various intervals after that (1946, 1952 and 1998) astronomers were able to see great displays of the Draconids, although not at quite the same levels.

2011 is tipped to be a good year for observing the Draconids Meteor Shower from Turkey, with astronomers predicting that there should be upwards of 750 meteors per hour, just shy of a full meteor storm. Our special Draconids Meteor Shower tour departs on the 1st of October, arriving in otherworldly Cappadocia on day 8, and will be met there by Asst. Professor of the Space Studies Division from Erciyes University. He and his team will give a talk on the science behind the shower and give valuable insight into what should hopefully be one of the meteorological events of the year.

Of course, there’s no accounting for cloud cover, which might obstruct our view. Also, the moon may make it difficult to see smaller meteors. We’re holding out for a magical night though, so if you’re interested, check out the tour details and prepare to discover Turkey at a very special time!

 

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