Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

Mindy Sparks
January 4, 2019

This year the spectacle of the Quadrantid shower will be most visible from late tonight (January 3) until dawn on Friday, January 4 - with the peak of the display set to occur around 2am.

With clear skies forecast there's a chance people in the north-east could witness the first meteor shower of 2019.

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky.

According to NASA, The Quadrantids peaks in early January.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time. During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in flawless conditions.

The best time is between midnight at about 6am in the morning.


This means you should have a good chance of seeing a shooting star.

"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky.

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view.

Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

"The radiant point for the Quadrantids is easy to find as it sits near the Big Dipper, one of the most well-known constellations in the sky".

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