Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Shutterstock 349131284 First meteor shower of the year to be visible in Qatar skies over the weekend!
Cary Marshall | 06 January, 2019, 03:09

According to the American Meteor Society, the shower is expected to reach its peak in the USA between midnight and dawn Friday.

Nasa said the Quadrantids are "one of the best annual meteor showers". That's when the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is expected to peak. The shower is expected to run into the early hours of Friday morning, so keep an eye on the sky.

In the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, people could see between 80 and 200 meteors per hour, according to CNN.

"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".

On Thursday afternoon, Malaysia's national space agency ANGKASA also shared information about the Quadrantids, which it said can be viewed in Malaysia with the naked eye in clear weather and in an area free from light.

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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.

If you are living in Northeast Asia and the North Pacific, you will get the rare opportunity to witness a partial solar eclipse on January 6; an event where the moon will come between the Earth and sun, with it only partially obscured.

Even if you only catch the shower at an off-peak moment, the rates of about 25 meteors per hour are still expected. Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside.

'Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible, ' it added. The phenomenon, known as a transit, will not reoccur until November 13, 2032.To avoid eye damage, viewers will need solar filters like those used during the Great American Eclipse.

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