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Watch out for three meteor showers set to occur in October

A triptych of meteor showers will pepper the sky this month: the Draconids, the Orionids and the Taurids. Here is how and when to spot them, writes Abigail Beall

Space 5 October 2022

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ONE evening in August, my partner and I set off after work for a weekend away to celebrate our friends’ wedding. We had expected the journey to take about 3 hours, but we got caught in a traffic jam that turned it into 6.

I sat in the passenger seat, getting increasingly frustrated as the cars and fields around me changed very little and the estimated arrival time on my phone crept later and later. We had expected to get there in daylight, but while the sun set, I looked out. As the glints of Saturn, Vega and Arcturus appeared, …