Meteors, Comets and Draco, Oh My!

The fickle Draconid meteor shower took place last week on October 7-8. Some years, it produces intense storms while other years pass without a single visible fireball streaking across the sky. Learn why the shower varies and how 2012 stacked up against the history books in EARTH Magazine.

A four hour time lapse of November's Leonid meteor shower. Credit: Juraj Tóth, Astronomical and geophysical observatory, Comenius University.
A four hour time lapse of November’s Leonid meteor shower. Credit: Juraj Tóth, Astronomical and geophysical observatory, Comenius University.
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