Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Written By on in Sky at Night

148 words, estimated reading time 1 minutes.

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but are usually marred by poor January weather and the short length of maximum activity of 6 hours.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is the first meteor shower each year. The shower comes each year in early January and favors the Northern Hemisphere as its radiant is far North in the constellation of Bootes. The peak occurs on the night of the 3rd of January, which will hopefully be Moon free.

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is named named after the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis, now part of Bootes. Under dark skies, you can expect average hourly rates of 25, frequently showing as bright fireballs.

The radiant point of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is inside the constellation Bootes. It lies between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the quadrilateral of stars marking the head of the constellation Draco. This meteor shower is best seen in the Northern hemisphere, but you can see Quadrantids down to -51° latitude.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient
Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient

Last updated on: Saturday 27th May 2017

 

 

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By submitting a message you agree to abide by our Terms and Comment Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

Copyright © 2001-2018 Tim Trott, all rights reserved. Web Design by Azulia Designs

This web page is licensed for your personal, private, non-commercial use only.

Disclaimer, Privacy & LegalSitemapContact Me