The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year
05 January, 2019, 21:58
However, despite the relatively lengthy period in which they occur, catching the peak-where up to 100 meteors shoot across the sky-can be tricky as it only lasts around six hours.
The Quadrantids meteor showers have already been shooting across the skies since December 22, and will continue until January 17.
Though intense, the Quadrantids feature only a brief peak.
Adventurous skywatchers who don't mind the cold could be in for a visual treat tonight with the first meteor shower of 2019. The Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors because of the large particles of an asteroid interacting with our atmosphere.
According to CNN, the Quadrantid meteor shower is set to peak Thursday night going into Friday morning.
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NASA calls the January celestial event one of the best annual shows in the night sky, only three meteor showers during the course of the year are capable of producing that many meteors in an hour.
Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas.
The network has also listed the three "best practices" for watching meteor showers.
"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. Though the moon may block out the full light show, on April 23 you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower. 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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