A meteor shower is a celestial event where a number of meteors are observed in one point in the sky. Interestingly, most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand! So how does one see them and what do they mean spiritually? Most of them disintegrate and never hit the earth’s surface. There are two major meteor showers that will be happening for this month of October, the Draconid and the Orionid meteor showers.
The first which is visible October 5th through October 11th, will actually peak on Saturday the 7th. The Draconid shower is predicted to produce the greatest amount of meteors on the evening of the 7th or the 8th. Most meteor showers are best seen after midnight but not this one. This one is most radiant at nightfall or early evening because it will be at its highest point in the sky. This shower favors the northern hemisphere, so places like Scotland, Canada and northern Russia may have the best visual advantage.
Coming from the direction of the constellation of Draco the dragon, the draconids number of shooting stars can vary. This meteor shower is caused by the passing comet Giacobini-Zinner, which orbits the sun every 6.6 years. The movement of this comet will create dust and debris rock which when entering the earth’s atmosphere creates the meteor shower. Often the draconids shower is considered a sleeper but it is not predictable. In 2012, some star gazers reported seeing to 1000 meteors per hour.
The Orionid ,meteor shower will be visible from October 2nd to November 7th. The shower is expected to peak on October 20th through the morning of October 21st. It is best to see late into the evening and in the few hours before dawn It is called the Orionids because it emerges from the constellation Orion, the point in the sky where it originates. Orion is the hunter. The comet Halley leaves its debris to create the Orionids. Although Halley visits the earth every 76 years, it leaves its debris in its wake that strikes the earth’s atmosphere yearly in October.It is possible to see 15 to 30 meteors every hour from this shower.
The spiritual meaning behind meteor showers started in ancient times. Objects or lights in the sky were associated with Gods or had a religious meaning. Specifically, seeing a meteor suggested that a gift was given by heaven. It often represented a mystery coming from the something larger than ourselves, the cosmos. A meteor represented awareness of recognition of something beyond our present experience.S Some see it as a soul or spirit. Whatever one imagines it as, tends to become their reality.
Currently, many cultures consider meteor showers to have supernatural powers. They represent the energy of other worlds. They remind us that we are only guests on this planet. Seeing these two meteor showers this month will be exciting as we become a part of history in the sky. Grab a blanket and a comfortable chair and go to a place where there are no visual obstructions and watch the majestic celestial fireworks.
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