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Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity.

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

It's the first major meteor shower of 2019.

With its "bright fireball meteors" appearing at up to 200 an hour, the Quadrantids meteor shower is considered one of the best ones of the year, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on its website. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will have the best chance of observation.

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky.

You can visit Time and Date for a better idea if you'll see it or not.




The meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Bootes. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

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 meteors will be visible anywhere in the sky.

According to NASA 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".

"The lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

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