Quadrantids 2019: How To Watch The First Meteor Shower Of The Year?

The first meteor shower of 2019 is on its way and the name is Quadrantids. Though it is a weak shower, the 28 days old moon will cause no obstruction thus producing dark skies.

What Is Quadrantid Meteor Shower?

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower or the Quadrantids is an annual meteor shower that peaks in the month of January. Annual meteor showers arise when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of around 70 to 100 km, appearing as shooting stars. The parent body responsible for creating the Quadrantid shower is the asteroid 2003 EH1. The average velocity of the shower is about 41 km/s.

Quadrantids 2019

The shower will peak at 2:00 GMT on January 4. Every meteor shower has an associated radiant with it. The radiant is the point from where all the meteor strikes appear to originate. Meteor paths appear at random locations in the sky, but the apparent paths of two or more meteors from the same shower will converge at the radiant. The radiant is the vanishing point of the meteor paths. The position of the radiant matters a lot when it comes to watching the shower. The average rate will be 11 meteors per hour.

The radiant of quadrantids lies between Bootes and Ursa Minor as shown below:

Europe will be the best place to see the shower at its peak. (Image: Dominic Ford, In-The-Sky)

Tips to get the best view

In order to get the best view of the shower, find a dark place away from the city lights and make sure you give your eyes 20-30 mins to adjust to the dark. There is no need for any binoculars or telescopes. It might be cold so dress appropriately and turn on some good music. The most important tip: Have Patience! Good luck

Also Watch: Astronomy Calendar 2019

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