Quadrantid shower: How to watch 2019's first meteors tonight

Quadrantid shower: How to watch 2019's first meteors tonight

The Quadrantids meteor showers have already been shooting across the skies since December 22, and will continue until January 17. The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour.

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November a year ago when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

Right out of the gate 2019 has some celestial moments that are sure to help you start your year off right. As Earth's orbit passes through the debris, the bits of rock and ice collide with the atmosphere and burn up, creating bright streaks in the night sky.

According to the American Meteor Society, the shower is expected to reach its peak in the USA between midnight and dawn Friday.

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower?

Between January 20 and 21, a rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, western areas in Europe and Africa, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in central and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia.

Also triggered from the debris from Halley's Comet, the Orionid meteor shower will take place October 2 to November 7, peaking at night on October 21-22. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations.

Similar to an eclipse, the event will be the first since 2016 and will not occur again for another thirteen years.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time.



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