Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

Mindy Sparks
January 6, 2019

The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.

It's most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action. The shower will be short-lived and last around six hours, according to Sky and Telescope.

Although not as well-known as other meteor showers, the Quadrantid is expected to average 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak at around 2am.

Check TIME AND DATE to see what your chances are like. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once.

NASA says the reason the peak is so short is due to the "shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle".

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower?

The MET office advises that the best way to see a meteor shower is to stay away from any light pollution such as heavily lit areas of urban towns and cities.

"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", wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada in the release. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

It will be visible to the naked eye so there is no need for any equipment, just let your eyes adjust to the dark and look out for fast and bright meteors with fine trains.

Taking place around Christmas, residents in Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Australia, and East Africa will get to witness the celestial beauty of an annular solar eclipse, or what is also known as a partial eclipse.

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