Two meteor showers will light up the night sky this week

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Two meteor showers will peak on consecutive nights this week, including one known for bringing incredibly bright fireballs.

According to AccuWeather, the Draconid meteor shower peaks Tuesday night into Wednesday

The Draconids are considered a minor meteor shower with only around 10 meteors per hour but, on occasion, can fill the sky with hundreds of meteors. They come in greatest numbers before midnight.

Unfortunately, the moon will be in the sky during this part of the night, so stargazers should look for meteors in areas of the sky away from the bright moon.

Immediately following the Draconids will be the Southern Taurids. That meteor shower peaks Wednesday night into Thursday. 

The Southern Taurids are a minor shower with fewer than 10 meteors per hour, but the American Meteor Society says "the Taurids are rich in fireballs."

Fireballs are meteors that appear incredibly bright as they streak through the sky. They can be so bright that they can cast shadows on the ground for several seconds.

Onlookers who see meteors originating from the northwestern sky will know that they are part of the Draconids. Meanwhile, those that can be traced back to the eastern sky will be part of the Southern Taurids.

The Orionid meteor shower peaks later this month, October 21st into the 22nd, and usually brings around 20 meteors per hour.