How to see Quadrantids in UK: What time to watch meteor shower

Pablo Tucker
January 6, 2019

NASA describes the Quadrantids as "one of the best annual meteor showers", known for their "bright fireball meteors". The Quadrantids are famous for being the first meteor shower of 2019, and stargazing lovers can particularly look forward to the evening of the peak as there will be no moonlight to wash out the meteors. "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", NASA explains. Around 60 percent of the meteors will be outside the field of view in North America, though stargazers in that region should still expect to see roughly 30 to 40 percent of meteors per hour, according to the Washington Post. The meteor shower will be perfectly seen in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says observers in the U.S. can expect around 25 Quadrantids per hour at its best. However, the peak will only last a few hours.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make the meteors easier to see.


The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

What you'll see: You'll likely see 80 meteors per hour, if not more.

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky.


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. Space.com reports the closest approach of the full moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse on January 21.

The Ursid shower takes place every year between 17 and 23 December.


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