Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The new year kicks off with the quadruple meteor showers, which are expected to peak in the night hours from Sunday to Monday.
The Quaternary is usually among the strongest of this year’s meteor showers. Fortunately, the rising crescent phase will render the moon practically invisible overnight, allowing for peak visibility of the meteors.
However, the shower is hard to notice due to the harsh January weather and its short peak of only about six hours. It will be best seen in the Northern Hemisphere between the late hours of Sunday night and dawn on Monday, according to American Meteor Society.
Brief but intense climax
Meanwhile, the International Meteor Organization The peak is expected to occur around 20:40 UTC on January 3, which will be best visible to those living in East Asia. According to the American Meteorological Society, those in places at higher latitudes across Europe will be able to see some meteorite activity.
Quadrantids cannot usually be seen in the Southern Hemisphere because the radiant point of the shower does not rise high in the sky before dawn.
Usually between 50 and 100 meteors are visible per hour, especially in rural areas, although the peak can include up to 120 meteors visible in an hour. Watch the northeast sky, and look about halfway up. You can even catch a glimpse of some fireballs during a meteor shower. The American Meteorological Society recommends viewing the sky for at least an hour.
If the name of the meteor shower sounds strange, it probably does not seem to be related to a constellation, like other meteor showers. That’s because the namesake constellation of Quadrantids no longer exists—at least, not a recognized constellation.
The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and observed in 1795 between Boötes and Draco, is no longer included in the International Astronomical Union’s list of modern constellations because it is considered ancient. The meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and the Bootes.
Like the Geminid . meteor shower, the quadrantide comes from a mysterious asteroid or “rocky comet,” not an icy comet, which is unusual. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to complete one orbit around the Sun.
The shower peak is short because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the current occurs at a perpendicular angle. Every year, the Earth passes through this debris path for a short time.
how to watch
If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive somewhere that is not filled with city lights that will obstruct your vision. If you can find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors can be seen every two minutes from late evening until dawn.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don’t forget to group it. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness – without looking at your phone – so that the meteors are easier to spot.
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