The First Meteor Shower Of 2019 Peaks This Week

Christopher Davidson
January 6, 2019

The Quadrantids come from an asteroid, the Times reports, making them a little different than your average bunch of meteor showers.

The last full moon embraced us during the Winter Solstice, so this week, the sky will be dark, allowing the first meteors of the year to streak across the night sky in full view.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere could wind up seeing the most meteors.

A meteorologist from American media company AccuWeather hinted that in order for stargazers to have a ideal view of the meteorological phenomenon, there should be lower natural light pollution.

"The lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.

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The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse. Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article-it keeps us going! If you missed out on a few meteor showers, or eclipses, don't worry, 2019 has got you covered. The December Geminids is the other, originating from "rock comet" asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

Singapore Science Centre advised stargazers to check the star map as the shower will appear near the constellations Bootes, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

NASA says 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".

Between January 20 and 21, a rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, western areas in Europe and Africa, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in central and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia.

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