Star watching passionates should get their gear set and get ready for the Quadrantid meteor shower. The lights show is visible Saturday night and, according to NASA, up to 80 meteors per hour until the break of dawn will be visible during this breathtaking sky spectacle.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is well known among star and cosmos enthusiasts. The Quadrantid are popular for their “fireball meteors” which are much brighter and have longer lasting streaks than the average meteor. NASA said that Saturday night, viewers will be able to see up to 80 meteors per hour.
This year’s meteor shower might be sabotaged by the full moon and the weather, though. Cloudy skies have been announced in the eastern United States. The center and southwest will have a clear sky and view of the shower, said reports of the The Washington Post.
NASA said that the Quadrantids are remains of the asteroid 2003EH1, and received their name after the well known constellation Quadrans Muralis, found by a French astronomer,Jerome Lalande in 1795. The first time the Quadrantid meteor shower was reported, was back in 1825.
Some astronomers are lead to believe that the asteroid that astronomer Peter Jenniskens discovered in 2003, might be a piece from an extinct comet. A comet that seams to have been recorded by the Chinese, Korean and Japanese observers between 1490-1491.
Viewers might be interested in knowing that the Quarantines will not be the only interesting thing in the sky tonight. The comet discovered in August, Lovejoy can be seen with binoculars, but for those watching the sky away from the city lights, the comet will be visible to the naked eye, reported Pete Spotts from the Monitor. The comet is expected to closely approach Earth by January 7.
For a memorable view of tonight’s show, NASA, advises viewers to find a place away from the city lights.
“Lay flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors,” NASA says.
NASA also said the meteor show should last until the break of dawn, so watchers should have plenty of time to enjoy the lights show.
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