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Meteor Showers in the Sky Tonight

Meteor Showers in the Sky Tonight

During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in ideal conditions.

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.

Considered one of the brightest meteor showers in 2019, you definitely will want to make an effort to see this celestial event.

If clouds thwart viewing plans, both NASA and Slooh will provide live streams of the meteor shower.

During clear, dark conditions, 50 to 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak, but EarthSky warns that because the peak falls in a narrow window of a few hours, viewers will need to be on their toes.

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Given the location of the radiant at the northern tip of Bootes the Herdsman, only observers in Earth's northern hemisphere will be able to see Quadrantids.

"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". Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

Asia, Europe, South America will also get the treat of seeing a partial lunar eclipse on 16th of the same month, with the lunar eclipse reaching its peak at around 5:30 p.m. ET (21:30 UTC).

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.