Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2021: When, Where & How to See It

Pablo Tucker
January 1, 2021

At non-peak times, there will be fewer meteors over Norfolk, but the ones that do appear will be long-lived meteors which will travel across a wide area of sky.

World's premier space agency NASA has said that stargazers will get a golden chance to witness light show in the new year as "one of the best annual meteor showers" is set to peak on January 2-3, 2021. However, they can produce fireballs with giant, glowing tails highlighting the meteors' paths across the sky.

A meteorite is a piece of rock debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 40 miles per second and leaves a line of light that we refer to as "shooting stars".

The Quadrantids meteor shower is one of the strongest, but it can be hard to see, according to the American Meteor Society.

"The reason for the short peak is due to the gentle flow of particles in the shower and the fact that the Earth crosses the current at a perpendicular angle", NASA says.

"The best strategy to see the most activity is to face the northeast quadrant of the sky and center your view about half-way up in the sky", the American Meteor Society reported.

To find the radiant, or the point from which the meteors appear to emanate, you will need to look for the constellation Bootes.

A meteor piercing the stars during the annual quadruple meteor showers in Qingdao, Shandong Province, January 4, 2014. "The moon will be a nuisance for the expected Quadrantid meteor shower", the International Meteor Organization states in its 2021 meteor shower calendar, adding that viewers can expect to see the most meteors around 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT) on Sunday. When they reach their peak December 13-14, the lunar phase will be "new moon", so the moon will be on the opposite side of the Earth at night.

The meteors will appear to originate from Boötes constellation as the star Arcturus Swathi rises from the earth around 3.00 am in the morning, making this an early-morning meteor shower.

However, the waning moon will remain for most of the night, "forming a bright light source in the sky, making meteors hard to spot". Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

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