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Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

Be sure you look up if you're outdoors tonight, the meteor shower of the year will be splashing the sky with hundreds of meteors as we get into Friday, during its peak, the Quadrantid meteor shower can shoot up to 100 meteors per hour!

During ideal conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak, they report.

Considered one of the brightest meteor showers in 2019, you definitely will want to make an effort to see this celestial event. For sky watchers to witness the crescendo of meteors, the timing must be right.

While the peak of the shower won't be until the early hours, there's a good chance you'll see shooting stars during the later part of the evening so you won't have to stay up too late to catch a glimpse.

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

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

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 radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark. "Light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing".

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.