Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November past year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

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'The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter-only a few hours'. The shower is expected to run into the early hours of Friday morning, so keep an eye on the sky.

Whether you live there or are willing to make the venture be sure to head down to the Southern Hemisphere to witness the spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

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The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795.

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on November 17th, lighting up the early morning sky.

Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual. To spot meteors best, look for the Big Dipper, and follow the arc of its handle to Arcturus, which is a bright star, the brightest in its constellation of Bootes.

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

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'Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse'.

Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. "Light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing".

The Quadrantids meteor shower is not the only astronomical event taking place this month.

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