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Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

Kristine Garrett | 05 January, 2019, 20:50

The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue.

Best chances: Those in the Northern Hemisphere, like Europe and nearby areas, will have the best chances to see it, Fox 6 reports.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says observers in the U.S. can expect around 25 Quadrantids per hour at its best.

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on November 17th, lighting up the early morning sky.

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. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation.

Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual.

"The radiant point for the Quadrantids is easy to find as it sits near the Big Dipper, one of the most well-known constellations in the sky", wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada in the release. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once.

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations.

The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark. Though the moon may block out the full light show, on April 23 you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower.

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