Quadrantids Meteor Shower - The First Shooting Stars of 2020

Quadrantids Meteor Shower - The First Shooting Stars of 2020

Quadrantids Meteor Shower - The First Shooting Stars of 2020

Anyone who wants to courageous the night cold between late Friday night and early Saturday morning this weekend will have the chance to witness the first meteor shower of the decade.

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower is happening tonight, and this will be our first opportunity to see shooting stars from the sky in 2020. Face toward the northeast between midnight and dawn on January 3 to January 4 for the best view. So if you want to see an impressive meteor shower, make sure you check out tomorrow night's Quadrantids since there are twice as many meteors than what Lyrids can offer. But if you're willing to bundle up and venture outside at odd hours, there's an impressive meteor shower that's expected to peak this weekend.

One of the more interesting ways to "watch" the Quadrantids is via meteor radar, as shown below.

As per NASA, the Quadrantids meteor shower are regarded as one of the best annual meteor showers.

"Although the Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky, their peak is extremely narrow, time-wise".

Astronomers say the source of the streaking meteors - the radiant point - will be easy to find simply by locating the beginning of the handle of the larger Big Dipper constellation and then looking slightly to the left.

What is the Quadrantid meteor shower?

The meteor shower is likely to peak on the night of January 3, which means that the shower will be visible until the early morning. These meteors don't have elaborate trains, however, they sometimes create bright fireballs in the sky. They originate from an asteroid called 2003 EH1.

Meteor showers, also known as shooting stars, are caused when pieces of debris enter the planet's atmosphere at high speeds. You could catch a spectacular show from the Quadrantid meteor shower! Meteor showers are best watched when the skies are clear, but for people in the Northern hemisphere, people are advised to dress warmly and watch the meteor shower in a place with little to no pollution.

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