First meteor shower of the year peaks Thursday night

First meteor shower of the year peaks Thursday night

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

"Anyplace 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 states.

According to, the Quadrantids meteor shower will take place during the new moon, which means a darker sky and in turn a better viewing experience.

You can visit Time and Date for a better idea if you'll see it or not. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

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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. The shower favors Europe this year, with the highest activity predicted for about 2 a.m. GMT on January 4. The meteors will be visible anywhere in the sky.

For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make the meteors easier to see.

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