This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Cesar Mills
January 5, 2019

It's important to remember that we likely won't see 50-100 meteors each hour in the United States, but the potential is there to see up to 50 depending on when exactly the peak occurs. The meteors will be higher in the sky and more visible from Europe. Eastern Standard Time before the Quadrantids peak at 10 p.m. EST.

Though intense, the Quadrantids feature only a brief peak. It's one of the shortest annual meteor showers, known for "bright fireball meteors".

Thursday night, the Quadrantid meteor shower will produce a dazzling display in the sky for parts of the globe. Between January 3-4, the Quadrantid meteor shower will take place.

Whether you live there or are willing to make the venture be sure to head down to the Southern Hemisphere to witness the spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky.

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

To get the best view you'll need to be in the Northern Hemisphere and avoid as much light pollution as possible.

To view this meteor shower, look for a spot away from street lights. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make the meteors easier to see.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

You will get ample opportunity to see meteor showers in 2019.

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