Poor timing to diminish intensity of Quadrantid meteor shower in U.S.

05 Janvier, 2019, 20:45 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Tonight the Quadrantid shower will peak in the night and early morning skies, making it possible for millions of people around the world to see the light-filled attraction.

However, despite the relatively lengthy period in which they occur, catching the peak-where up to 100 meteors shoot across the sky-can be tricky as it only lasts around six hours.

The Quadrantids meteor showers have already been shooting across the skies since December 22, and will continue until January 17. The stellar show is falling during a new moon, meaning the sky is darker and the meteors will be more easily visible.

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

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Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best chance of observation, and according to Time and Date, visibility for South Florida should be "excellent". While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly.

The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795. The shower should start at 9pm EST towards the tail of the Big Dipper. Each year, Earth passes through this debris trail for a short time. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

On Thursday afternoon, Malaysia's national space agency ANGKASA also shared information about the Quadrantids, which it said can be viewed in Malaysia with the naked eye in clear weather and in an area free from light. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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