Meteor shower to brighten the sky on New Year holidays, science news

Provided by Space Quadrantid meteor shower over Florida Keys

One can use these stars and constellations to spot the radiant point in the east and enjoy the meteor showers in the Early morning of 3rd January 2021.

Named after the now-defunct constellation of Quadrans Muralis, the Quadrantid meteor shower appears to radiate from near the constellation of Bootes beside the Big Dipper. While many meteor showers have a peak that lasts a day or two, this one is over in a matter of a few hours - so it's important to get your timing right.

The type of meteor shower we're getting is called a Quadrantids.

"During its peak, 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions", NASA reported. But the Quadrantids also tend to produce bright fireballs, so patient skywatchers may still catch a glimpse of them despite the bright moonlight.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Quadrantids have a much shorter peak.

The shower will peak overnight Saturday from "late night January 2 until dawn January 3", according to EarthSky.

According to NASA, the Quadrant She returns every year between December 28 and January 12.

The Quadrantids represent the last meteor showers of the season, just several months before the Celestial Activity. according to American Meteor SocietyIt'll probably be the strongest shower of the year, along with Purses and Gemini. Even if the skies are clear of clouds, a almost full waning gibbous moon will continue to shine brightly throughout the weekend, making meteor-spotting tricky.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich said in a statement: "For the best conditions, you want to find a safe location away from street lights and other sources of light pollution".

Lie on your back with your feet pointing northeast and looking up, with as much of the sky as possible. Dress for winter climate and show restraint - the show will go on until dawn.

NASA said that the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid known as 2003 EH1.

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