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First meteor shower of 2019 peaks tonight

First meteor shower of 2019 peaks tonight

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. In Denver, it will peak at about 7 p.m. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly.

The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks.

The meteor shower is expected to peak at 2am, with the Met Office suggesting people in the north-east will have a moderate chance of viewing the display if the skies remain clear.




The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

Even if you only catch the shower at an off-peak moment, the rates of about 25 meteors per hour are still expected. 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. "So that is definitely going to make them look brighter". You don't need any special gear to view the shower, but be sure to give your eyes 15-30 minutes to adjust to the darkness when heading out!

You will get ample opportunity to see meteor showers in 2019.


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