Thursday, 24 January, 2019

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

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Cary Marshall | 03 January, 2019, 21:42

The UK is about to be treated to a dazzling celestial display as up to 100 shooting stars scorch through the sky every hour.

The timing of the peak is very narrow, according to Earthsky.

He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as opposed to an icy comet.

Unlike other meteor showers which have two-day peaks, Quandrantids peak is shorter, lasting a few hours.

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

The Quadrantids, which has been ongoing since the last couple days of December, has a reputation for being hard to observe, though Thursday night is your best chance. Meteors originate from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids.

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"The lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.

Qatar is strategically-located in both the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres as it's positioned in the Middle East, a recognized geographical region of southwestern Asia.

It's probably going to be cold too, so you better bundle up.

Still, those who want to attempt to catch the Quadrantids at their most visible should find the Bootes constellation by tracing an arc from the handle of the Big Dipper to Arcturus: the constellation's biggest star, according to Space.com As you observe, Bootes should be a little out of your line of vision to give you the best chance of spotting the fireballs' bright tails.

Here are Nasa's tips for viewing the Quadrantids: 'Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

Lie flat on your back and have your feet face northeast; then look up. Some estimates say that you may be able to see as many as 80 meteors per hour tonight (if the conditions are clear enough, of course).

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