One of year's best meteor showers peaks this week

05 January, 2019, 22:02 | Author: Sherry Houston

Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour, but there could be as many as 200. The meteors will be higher in the sky and more visible from Europe.

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation.

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers.

"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", the EarthSky website says.

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"A lot of meteor showers last days - the Quadrantids last a few hours", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.

The meteor shower is expected to peak at 2am, with the Met Office suggesting people in the north-east will have a moderate chance of viewing the display if the skies remain clear.

The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations. And if you're lucky, you might be able to catch the result: colorful meteor showers that light up the night sky. And if you live in a city, it's best to leave and find a stargazing spot with little to no light pollution. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust.

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