First meteor shower of the year peaks Thursday night

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

Tonight sees the peak of the first meteor shower of 2019 - the Quadrantids, named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which was discovered in the late 18th Century.

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

"Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse", NASA said.

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

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

"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".

For optimal viewing, it's recommended you drive away from the city and any bright lights - places like the grounds of the Lake Afton Public Observatory or a countryside spot are ideal. The shower will be short-lived and last around six hours, according to Sky and Telescope.

'Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible, ' it added. It will be visible throughout North America the night of january 20 and early morning of january 21. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast.

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

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

What's coming in 2019Super blood moon: The most-viewed cosmic event of 2019 will occur January 20-21 as the moon turns red during the year's only total lunar eclipse.



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