Quadrantids meteor shower lights up first weekend of 2021

Quadrantids meteor shower lights up first weekend of 2021

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This quadrant meteor made an appearance on New Mexico in 2013.

NASA / MSFC / MEO

The end of the new year has arrived, and 2021 kicks off on Sunday to watch the quadrantid meteor shower with a good light show for those wishing to get out early in the morning.

Are not nearly as well known as quadrantids Percids or Leonids, But he has the potential to be one of the strongest Cubs of the year.

The challenge is that these shooting stars and bright fireballs risk being washed away by the luminous moon that will not be far from its full phase on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Furthermore, the summit of the quadrantids is quite narrow, with a window of only a few hours instead of a few days like other showers.

But with a little planning, you may be able to catch the display, which is known to produce more than 100 meteors per hour, including a fair amount of bright fire shells.

The International Meteor Organization has predicted that quadrantids will officially reach peak in an hour before sunrise on the Pacific coast of much of North America, or hours after the sun rises on the East Coast. However, these kinds of predictions are not always accurate, so your best bet is to venture between the sunrise at around 2 pm and Sunday in just a few minutes.

You want to avoid light pollution as much as possible and find a place to see as much as you can, with good weather, a wider view of the sky and the ability to overcome your gaze from the bright moon. Keep in mind that the show is generally better in the Northern Hemisphere, where you probably want to bundle up to raise winter temperatures in most places.

The quadrantids would appear to emanate from the region of the sky near the north star, Polaris, but it would zip across all parts of the sky.

This is because what is actually going on is that the Earth is flowing through a cloud of debris tied to the 2003EH1 asteroid, which would have been a comet ever. Although the origins of these meteors may be somewhat mysterious, they will still hit our atmosphere and burn in spectacular fashion.

Enjoy the first big night sky show of 2021!

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