Quadrantid shower: How to watch 2019's first meteors tonight

Katie Ramirez
January 6, 2019

The best time to watch the Quadrantid shower is from late night January 3 until dawn on January 4.

Stargazers in Southwest Colorado will start the new year with a glimpse of a meteor shower as the Quadrantids streak through the sky on Thursday and Friday. The Quadrantids aren't known for producing fireballs, but could still generate some extremely bright meteors, he notes.

If clouds thwart viewing plans, both NASA and Slooh will provide live streams of the meteor shower.

During flawless conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak.

The meteor shower is called the Ursids, because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

The eastern half of the continental United States is geographically the most favored for observing the short peak of this shower.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

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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 Quadrantids, which has been ongoing since the last couple days of December, has a reputation for being hard to observe, though Thursday night is your best chance.

" You'll be able see about two showers a minute, but that's during ideal conditions".

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too.

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations.

Asia, Europe, South America will also get the treat of seeing a partial lunar eclipse on 16th of the same month, with the lunar eclipse reaching its peak at around 5:30 p.m. ET (21:30 UTC).

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