How to see Quadrantids in UK: What time to watch meteor shower

05 January, 2019, 20:46 | Author: Tara Reeves
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The first meteor shower of 2019 is expected to peak late in the evening Thursday into early Friday morning. The Quadrantid meteor shower rains light over the northern hemisphere this week, particularly on January 3 and 4.

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.

However, the peak will only last a few hours. The shower often produces an abundance of shooting stars, as many as a 100 per hour during its peak.

It's most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action.

False-color image of a rare early Quadrantid, captured by a NASA meteor camera in 2010. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material'.

For optimal viewing, it's recommended you drive away from the city and any bright lights - places like the grounds of the Lake Afton Public Observatory or a countryside spot are ideal.

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The skies are predicted to be reasonably clear across the country tonight.

Where in the sky should I look?

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast.

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.

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

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