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This year's shower gives residents of the Northern hemisphere a treat.

October 07, 2016

Amateur stargazers will have the rare opportunity to watch an early evening meteor shower from the Northern Hemisphere on Friday night.

While most meteor showers are best visible at dawn, or other inconvenient hours of the night, the Draconid meteor shower will be best seen at nightfall Friday evening and will last through October 8.

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Observers will be able to spot meteors across most of the continental United States, especially in places with less light pollution through Friday night and into Saturday. Viewers should use binoculars, as the meteors will be hard to spot with the naked eye. And city dwellers that want a good show should head away from urban light.

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 3 storm making its way across the southern coast of the U.S. and some of the mid-Atlantic states, will obscure the shower in the regions where it is active.

The Draconid meteor shower occurs every year as Earth passes through the path of debris of comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. This year's show is not predicted to be as striking as certain previous years, in part because of a bright moon, though scientists still predict viewers will be able to see 10-20 meteors per hour, Nature reported.

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