Sunday 3 January 2016

Astrognome Astronomy Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The first major meteor shower of the year, The Quadrantids appear to come from the now defunct constellation of Quadrans the Quadrant. This is an area between Bootes, Draco and Hercules.

The Quadrantids peak on the night of January 3rd/4th. This shower can be quite unpredictable. Normally about 120 meteors per hour can be seen,  sometimes the rates can fall to half this number while there have been occasions when 600 meteors per hour can be seen for short periods of time.

The best time to try to observe the Quadrantids is predicted to be between 10.00pm on the night of the 3rd January until about 3.00 am on the morning of January 4th.

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