Tonight is the greatest time to witness the amazing light show caused by the Draconid meteor shower over the United Kingdom.

The Draconid meteor shower, also known as the Giacobinids, occurs annually in early October when the Earth passes through the stream of debris left by the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.  

When these particles enter the Earth's atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, creating the brilliant flashes of light we see as meteors. 

While meteor showers can often be seen over several nights, tonight is expected to be particularly special for several reasons.  

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First, the peak of the Draconid meteor shower is occurring, meaning the number of visible meteors will be at its highest.  

However, the Draconids are known for their unpredictability, and there have been years when the shower produced hundreds of meteors per hour, creating a dazzling display. 

Additionally, this year's peak coincides with a moonless night, offering the darkest possible skies. 

The absence of moonlight will enhance the visibility of even the faintest meteors, making the experience all the more remarkable. 

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