10/08/2015 – Ephemeris – The Draconid meteors will reach peak overnight tonight
Ephemeris for Thursday, October 8th. The Sun will rise at 7:49. It’ll be up for 11 hours and 21 minutes, setting at 7:10. The Moon, half way from last quarter to new, will rise at 4:33 tomorrow morning.
For this and the next few morning the Moon will pass the morning planets. This morning it’s Venus, tomorrow it will be near Mars and Jupiter, and Sunday morning it will be near Mercury.
This evening is the expected peak of the Draconid meteor shower. We can expect anything between zero and hundreds of meteors an hour. The calculated time of the peak number will be around 1:40 a.m. (5:40 UT, October 9). The point in space they will appear to come from is the head of the constellation Draco the dragon, a bit north of the bright star Vega, high in the west in the evening. Meteor experts don’t expect much from the shower this year, but the Draconids are capricious, you never know what to expect. However we do expect them to be slow-moving.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.