Northern hemisphere dwellers are in for a treat Tuesday night: A meteor shower is coming to town.

The 2019 Draconid — or Giacobinids — annual interstellar event will be most visible on Tuesday evening, Oct. 8. While not as well known as the Perseid meteor shower, which took place in August, it’s still worth looking up for.

What causes the Draconid meteor shower?
When the orbits of the Earth and the Giacobini-Zinner comet cross, debris from the comet connects with Earth’s upper atmosphere, where it burns up — producing meteors, according to EarthSky.

How bright will it be?
Last year, the Giacobini-Zinner comet got the closest to Earth it’s been in 72 years. The next time it will get that close — in scientific terms, the next time it will be at “perihelion” — won’t be until 2025. The current waxing gibbous moon will also make for quite a bright sky backdrop, meaning the meteors will be harder to spot.

Roughly five meteors an hour will rain down Tuesday night. Compare this to the thousands an hour that delighted watchers in 1933 and 1946, or the more than 600 an hour that European sky-gazers saw in 2011. In other words, those who want to enjoy the Draconid meteor shower this year will need to keep their eyes peeled.

When to look for the Draconid meteor shower
No need to stay up late to see it peak: The shower, active between Sunday, Oct. 6, and Thursday, Oct. 10, will be most visible at nightfall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, when the sun will set at 6:27 p.m.

Where to look for the Draconid meteor shower
With all the light pollution, New York City is far from the ideal shower-watching location. City dwellers should skip town, or at least get away from brighter-lit neighborhoods. Those in the southern hemisphere may be able to spot a meteor or two, but aren’t ideally positioned.