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

Cesar Mills
January 4, 2019

The International Meteor Organization predicts the peak of the shower to be at 2 a.m. coordinated universal time, which is around 7 p.m.in Kingman, according to a conversion chart at https://earthsky.org.

'Quadrantids are also known for their bright fireball meteors, ' Nasa added.

Because this peak is so brief, some parts of the world may not be able to see the shower.

The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.

In flawless conditions, observers have seen anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour in this particular shower, though the viewing window is notoriously short.

Signs of the Quadrantid meteor shower began in the tail end of December, but the event peaks in early January.

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The meteor shower will hit its peak at about midnight, with meteors raining down on Earth until dawn.

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

'Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark.

"The radiant point for the Quadrantids is easy to find as it sits near the Big Dipper, one of the most well-known constellations in the sky", wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada in the release.

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