How to watch the Draconid meteor shower in San Antonio


The annual Draconid meteor shower returns Friday, and stargazing conditions in the Alamo City will be just about perfect.

The National Weather Service predicts clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s around sunset. Plus, the moon will set before nightfall, making for an even darker sky. Here’s how to view the celestial beauty, according to EarthSky:

When and where do I look?

The shower will peak 1 to 2 hours after sunset and dwindle significancy after midnight. Look straight up at the northern sky, toward the constellation Draco the Dragon. Draco’s tail starts between the Little and Big Dipper. The shower occurs near Draco’s head, high in the northern sky. 

How many meteors will I see?

If we’re really lucky, hundreds of meteors could fall in an hour. Unfortunately, Draconid usually only produces about five per hour. 

Can I watch it in the city?

You’ll need to be away from city lights — the darker the sky, the better the show. If you’re willing to drive, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Horseshoe Bay, Wimberley and Woodcreek are all recognized as International Dark Communities

Do I need a telescope?

No, Draconid is visible to the naked eye, but binoculars will enhance the viewing experience.