Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

Mindy Sparks
January 5, 2019

Best chances: Those in the Northern Hemisphere, like Europe and nearby areas, will have the best chances to see it, Fox 6 reports.

Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak, which lasts only a few hours.

The meteor shower will hit its peak at about midnight, with meteors raining down on Earth until dawn.

The Quadrantids may not be the most famous meteor shower, but it can be one of the most scenic and intense. The International Meteor Organization predicts the peak of the shower to be at 2 a.m. coordinated universal time, which is around 7 p.m.in Kingman, according to a conversion chart at https://earthsky.org.

Stargazers are in for a treat this month as the annual Quadrantids meteor shower is set to hit days ahead of a rare super blood moon.


The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations.

He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as opposed to an icy comet.

The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle.

To get the best view of the meteor shower, NASA recommends finding a place well away from city or street lights.

Right out of the gate 2019 has some celestial moments that are sure to help you start your year off right. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.

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