The Quadrantids: How to Watch First Major Meteor Shower of 2020

10 Astronomical Events You Don’t Want To Miss In 2020

10 Astronomical Events You Don’t Want To Miss In 2020

Express reports that the Quadrantids meteor shower will occur from the evening of Friday, 3rd January to Saturday morning, 4th January.

Astronomer expert at Qatar Calendar House (QCH) Dr. Beshir Marzouk said the Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the important meteors showers seen from earth, where the average rate of Quadrantid showers flow will be 80 Quadrantid meteors per hour according to astronomer experts on meteors shower observations.

The location of the Quadrantid radiant, on the night of January 3-4, 2020.

The Quadrantids are said to be associated with asteroid 2003 EH1, which is thought to be an extinct comet. However, unlike many meteor showers that peak for up to two days, Quadrantids will only peak for several hours.

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Experts say you won't need any special equipment, like telescopes or binoculars, to see the Quadrantid meteor shower.

The Quadrantids are planning a big show this weekend, kicking off a new decade of celestial events. These meteors don't have elaborate trains, however, they sometimes create bright fireballs in the sky.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "unlike other major showers, whose periods of peak activity often span multiple nights, the Quadrantids' peak lasts only a few hours-don't miss it!" The peak is expected to include around 100 meteors per hour for about six hours. The December Geminids is the other, originating from "rock comet" asteroid 3200 Phaethon. And indeed at this time of year, meteor watching can be a long, cold business. "Even though, the constellation may no longer be recognized, it was considered a constellation long enough to give the meteor shower its name". You wait and you wait for meteors to appear. It is best to head to an area such as the countryside, where it's less light pollution.

From Earth's perspective, meteor showers cluster around a certain point in the sky called the radiant. Generally speaking, however, you can leave at any time between midnight and dawn wherever you are on Saturday to have a good chance to see the show.

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