Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Quadrantids meteor shower how and when to watch in the UK

Quadrantids meteor shower how and when to watch in the UK

The meteor shower is expected to peak at 2am, with the Met Office suggesting people in the north-east will have a moderate chance of viewing the display if the skies remain clear.

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower will peak tonight, Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Tonight's meteor shower will send bright fireballs from the asteroid designation 2003EH as Earth moves through the thickest part of the debris field.

The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view.

At the peak, 60 to 100 meteors per hour may be seen streaking across the sky. Their prominent position in the sky near the Big Dipper means it's easier to catch, but unlike other famous showers these last only a few hours. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky. However, as Earthsky reports, with the Quadrantids it's different, as the peak can last only a couple of hours. It will be visible throughout North America the night of january 20 and early morning of january 21.

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The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. The phenomenon, known as a transit, will not reoccur until November 13, 2032.To avoid eye damage, viewers will need solar filters like those used during the Great American Eclipse.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

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