Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

Pablo Tucker
January 4, 2019

The shower will be short-lived and last around six hours, according to Sky and Telescope. During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in flawless conditions.

Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours.

According to daily radio series EarthSky, the peak of the shower will unfold from the morning of January 4 (Friday) into the first few hours of January 5 (Qatar time). Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside.


The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

EarthSky, at https://earthsky.org/, says meteors will come from the northern sky with the radiant point making a right angle with the Big Dipper and the star Arcturus. Each year, Earth passes through this debris trail for a short time.

The meteor shower is expected to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere, especially mid-northern and far-northern latitudes, if weather conditions allow.


And if you live in a city, it's best to leave and find a stargazing spot with little to no light pollution. "So that is definitely going to make them look brighter". Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark.

Between January 20 and 21, a rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, western areas in Europe and Africa, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in central and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia.


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