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Quadrantid Meteor Shower

By , Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in Sky at Night

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but are usually marred by poor January weather and the short length of maximum activity of 6 hours.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is the first meteor shower each year. The shower comes each year in early January and favors the Northern Hemisphere as its radiant is far North in the constellation of Bootes. The peak occurs on the night of the 3rd of January, which will hopefully be Moon free.

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is named named after the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis, now part of Bootes. Under dark skies, you can expect average hourly rates of 25, frequently showing as bright fireballs.

The radiant point of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is inside the constellation Bootes. It lies between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the quadrilateral of stars marking the head of the constellation Draco. This meteor shower is best seen in the Northern hemisphere, but you can see Quadrantids down to -51° latitude.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient
Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radient

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