Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Gwen Vasquez
January 4, 2019

Nasa said the Quadrantids are "one of the best annual meteor showers". During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in ideal conditions.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", EarthSky added.

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.

The biggest factor is, North America will be facing away from the shower during peak time.

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Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best chance of observation, and according to Time and Date, visibility for South Florida should be "excellent". The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower?

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. If you're able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make the meteors easier to see.

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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