Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
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Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

The spectacular show, which graces the sky every January, is expected to crest between 9 and 10 p.m. EST Thursday, according to the International Meteor Organization. The meteors will be higher in the sky and more visible from Europe.

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky.

This Quadrantid meteor made an appearance over New Mexico in 2013.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", EarthSky added.

Viewers can expect to see anywhere from 80 to 200 meteors per hour.

'Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. The "best" time will be late in the evening. And if you live in a city, it's best to leave and find a stargazing spot with little to no light pollution.

"It is going to be a good year because the moon is going to be such a small slice that the skies will be dark", said Ron Nyberg of the High Desert Astronomy Club.

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

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast.

Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse", NASA said.

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