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A fireball breathing dragon

6 Oct 2013, 00:00 UTC
A fireball breathing dragon
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A dragon's body is twisted around the north celestial pole. This dragon may spit a few fireballs during a meteor shower in October. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending October 12, 2013

September’s clear weather made in North America allowed for a lot of meteor reports there. With so many clear nights, people could do more sky watching. Even people not paying particular attention to the sky could easily spot bright fireballs. And that was without a particularly active meteor shower for them to be associated with.
If there’s fair weather at your location in October, you may want to try to see meteors that appear to originate from the constellation Draco, the dragon. Maybe there’ll be a few big ones there too and the constellation will be a fireball breathing dragon!
Draco is a stretched out constellation partially circling the north celestial pole. It cannot be seen south of about 8° south of the equator. North of 25° north, it can be seen all year long unless you’re so far north it doesn’t get dark for weeks or months at a time.
This constellation has represented many dragons over the centuries. He was Tiamat ...

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