Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
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Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

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

Those in the Northern Hemisphere have the best chance of seeing them, especially if they're in a dark moonless area.

Though intense, the Quadrantids feature only a brief peak.

At the peak, 60 to 100 meteors per hour may be seen streaking across the sky. Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation.

"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.


The Quadrantids may not be the most famous meteor shower, but it can be one of the most scenic and intense.

The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse", it wrote. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

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.

Taking place around Christmas, residents in Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Australia, and East Africa will get to witness the celestial beauty of an annular solar eclipse, or what is also known as a partial eclipse.

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