Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

The International Meteor Organization estimates that the peak will occur at 7 a.m. Friday and will appear to originate near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. While viewers in Asia and Europe will witness between 60 and 100 streaking meteors per hour, viewers in the United States and Canada may only see 25.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", the EarthSky website says.

A meteorologist from American media company AccuWeather hinted that in order for stargazers to have a flawless view of the meteorological phenomenon, there should be lower natural light pollution.

Stargazers are in for a treat this month as the annual Quadrantids meteor shower is set to hit days ahead of a rare super blood moon.

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The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity. Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article-it keeps us going!

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 shower will be short-lived and last around six hours, according to Sky and Telescope. Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. If you're in Korea, meteor showers will brighten the night skies starting Friday night.

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

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations. If you're able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn. Space.com reports the closest approach of the full moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse on January 21.

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