Friday, 18 January, 2019

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower
Theresa Hayes | 04 January, 2019, 03:41

There are a couple of things working against us for the annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower, which peaks Thursday night.

In ideal conditions, observers have seen anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour in this particular shower, though the viewing window is notoriously short. "However, meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the Big Dipper", Lada said.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time.

There will be little moonlight Thursday evening to interrupt the celestial show - the only possible hindrance could be cloud cover from storms in the southeastern United States. But they will be most visible at their peak on January 3, according to the American Meteor Society website.

The Quadrantids, named after an extinct constellation, are known for their bright fireball meteors and being one of the best meteor showers of the year, according to NASA.

During flawless conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak.

The best time is between midnight at about 6am in the morning. 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.

This means you should have a good chance of seeing a shooting star. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse", it wrote.

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky.