Draconid Meteor Shower 2022: how to watch the meteor shower in London plus Met Office weather forecast

Stargazers have been spoiled in 2022 as the peak of the Draconid meteor shower becomes visible from London this week.

The stars have aligned for stargazers this year, with news that the peak of the Draconid meteor shower will be visible in London this week.

This lunar spectacle follows last week’s closest approach of Jupiter and the supermoon that was visible in July.

The Draconid meteor shower is caused when Earth travels through a cloud of cometary debris, with the draconid shower stemming from 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner - a periodic comet in the solar system.

The Royal Museums Greenwich explain that “the rate of meteors during the shower’s peak depend upon which part of the comet’s trail the Earth orbit intersects on any given year.”

This year’s peak viewing time to see the Draconid meteor shower in all its glory will be October 8 and 9, although the shower begins from October 6.

Where can I see the Draconid meteor shower in London?

This year’s peak viewing time to see the Draconid meteor shower in all its glory will be October 8 and 9, although the shower begins from October 6

Royal Museums Greenwich have given the following advice to see the Draconid meteor shower this week:  “meteor showers are best seen with a good, clear view of the stars on a night with no clouds. Try to find somewhere with dark skies, an unobstructed horizon and very little light pollution.”

“Make sure there are no direct sources of light in your eyes, so that you can fully adapt to the local conditions and ensure that fainter meteors become visible. There’s no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope; just look up with your own eyes to take in the widest possible view of the sky.”

What is the weather going to be for the Draconid meteor shower in London?

The Met Office has advised this week that London will see a “wet and windy start Wednesday, clearing to sunny spells and isolated showers. Thursday and Friday, sunny spells and a few showers. Generally rather breezy, with temperatures slightly above average.”

For the peak of the Draconid meteor shower, the Met Office has forecast that “this period will see generally clear or sunny spells and showers for many throughout. Some areas in the southeast may remain dry, while the heaviest and most frequent showers persist in the west and northwest.”

“Confidence remains low, with the possibility of high pressure building across the UK at some point through this period. However, frontal systems are likely to continue to bring periods of rain. We can expect generally breezy conditions throughout, with some brisker winds in the north and coastal gales possible, most likely to be earlier in this period.”