Quadrantid shower: How to watch 2019's first meteors tonight

Christopher Davidson
January 5, 2019

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which could produce as many as 200 meteors per hour, will peak Thursday night, according to NASA.

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers.

Are you fond of seeing meteor showers as well?

According to the American Meteor Society, the shower is expected to reach its peak in the US between midnight and dawn Friday.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere have the best chance of seeing them, especially if they're in a dark moonless area.

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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.

Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak, which lasts only a few hours. The shower should start at 9pm EST towards the tail of the Big Dipper.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky.

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

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