Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
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How to see Quadrantids in UK: What time to watch meteor shower

How to see Quadrantids in UK: What time to watch meteor shower

Nasa believes that between 60 and 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under ideal conditions during the shower's peak.

The Quadrantids meteor shower is set to peak overnight between Thursday, January 3 and early Friday, January 4. The Quadrantids are famous for being the first meteor shower of 2019, and stargazing lovers can particularly look forward to the evening of the peak as there will be no moonlight to wash out the meteors. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

At the peak, 60 to 100 meteors per hour may be seen streaking across the sky.

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

Singapore Science Centre advised stargazers to check the star map as the shower will appear near the constellations Bootes, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.


The eastern half of the continental United States is geographically the most favored for observing the short peak of this shower.

"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.

Check TIME AND DATE to see what your chances are like.

For people in North America, that won't be the case this year. Experts say the Quadrantids are often overlooked because of the very brief peak and because the meteors that originated from this "asteroid or possible rock comet" produce typically faint flares. You don't need any special gear to view the shower, but be sure to give your eyes 15-30 minutes to adjust to the darkness when heading out! Space.com reports the closest approach of the full moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse on January 21.

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