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

Katie Ramirez
January 5, 2019

With its "bright fireball meteors" appearing at up to 200 an hour, the Quadrantids meteor shower is considered one of the best ones of the year, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on its website.

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha. It's the first major meteor shower of 2019.

Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak, which lasts only a few hours.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

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The Leonid meteor shower will peak on November 17th, lighting up the early morning sky. Experts say the Quadrantids are often overlooked because of the very brief peak and because the meteors that originated from this "asteroid or possible rock comet" produce typically faint flares.

The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust.

Taking place around Christmas, residents in Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Australia, and East Africa will get to witness the celestial beauty of an annular solar eclipse, or what is also known as a partial eclipse.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

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