NASA Says Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday Night

Katie Ramirez
January 4, 2019

"Anyplace 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", EarthSky states.

While the peak of the shower won't be until the early hours, there's a good chance you'll see shooting stars during the later part of the evening so you won't have to stay up too late to catch a glimpse.

The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue.

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The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

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 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.

NASA says the best place to see The Quadrantids is an area away from city lights.

It will be visible to the naked eye so there is no need for any equipment, just let your eyes adjust to the dark and look out for fast and bright meteors with fine trains. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.

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