Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

However, despite the relatively lengthy period in which they occur, catching the peak-where up to 100 meteors shoot across the sky-can be tricky as it only lasts around six hours.

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For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation.

'The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter-only a few hours'.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", EarthSky added.

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

Nasa believes that between 60 and 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under ideal conditions during the shower's peak. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations.

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The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795.

A moonless sky will make the meteors easier to spot, but not everyone around the world will get a good view.

The Quadrantids show will begin late Thursday and run through dawn Friday in a dark sky unlit by a moon, and the southwestern and central US will offer the best views.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up.

For the best viewing, make sure to give your eyes time to adapt to the dark.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

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