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Sat Jan 2, 2016, 06:36 PM

Quadrantids meteor shower this weekend. [View all]

Midnight Sunday to Dawn Monday.


The annual Quadrantid shower is nominally active during the first week of January, and is best seen from northerly latitudes. However, peak activity lasts less than a day. So you need to be on the night side of Earth when this shower exhibits its relatively short peak to witness the Quadrantids. In 2016, we donít expect the waning crescent moon to seriously obtrude on this meteor shower. So if youíre game, try watching between midnight and dawn on January 4.

This meteor shower favors the Northern Hemisphere. Thatís because its radiant point Ė the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate Ė is far to the north on the skyís dome.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is capable of matching the meteor rates of the better known August Perseid and December Geminid showers. It has been known to produce up to 50-100 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.

So why isnít the Quadrantid shower as celebrated as the Perseid and Geminid showers? Itís because the Quadrantid shower has a narrow peak that lasts for only a few hours. If you miss the peak Ė which is easy to do Ė you wonít see many meteors.


Below is an image that displays who might have the ability to catch this brief yet spectacular shower. This year we're right in the ideal window.

Good luck everyone. Sadly rain and clouds are in my forecast, but I'm still posting hoping others might catch this shower.

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