Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

According to www.accuweather.com, the Quadrantids meteor shower will take place during the new moon, which means a darker sky and in turn a better viewing experience.

The first meteor shower of 2019 is expected to peak late in the evening Thursday into early Friday morning. The Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors because of the large particles of an asteroid interacting with our atmosphere.

The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view.

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Those in the Northern Hemisphere have the best chance of seeing them, especially if they're in a dark moonless area. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes. "Light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing". However, the peak will only last a few hours.

"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.

2018 had some impressive celestial events; moments that light up the night sky and captured the imaginations of people all ages across the planet.

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The elusive shower is caused by the trail of debris left by 2003 EH1, an object astronomers think is a rock-comet - nearly an asteroid, not quite a comet. You'll want a wide, unobstructed view as well. 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.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

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