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TechnologyThe first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight

15:41  03 january  2019
15:41  03 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight .

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight , one of the best © Getty Images/Ye Aung Thu The elusive Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak visibility this Thursday night. This photo taken late

The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight© Getty Images/Ye Aung Thu The elusive Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak visibility this Thursday night. This photo taken late December 14, 2018 with a long time exposure shows a meteor streaking through the night sky over Myanmar during the Geminid meteor shower seen from Wundwin township near Mandalay city.

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA.

A moonless night should help your chances to see it between midnight and dawn, but location is also a factor with this one-night-only meteor shower peak. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will have the best chance of observation.

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Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch on Thursday and Friday The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. This will be the last -- and strongest -- meteor shower of the year, according to NASA. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show each December. In the hours before sunrise Friday, the most meteors will be visible in the North American sky, peaking about 7:30 a.m. ET, predicts Sky & Telescope.

(CNN) - The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight , one of the best annual Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak , which lasts only a few hours. Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight , one of the best annual shows in the night sky The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in

Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak, which lasts only a few hours.

Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour, but there could be as many as 200. The Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors because of the large particles of an asteroid interacting with our atmosphere.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. Check Time and Date to see what your chances are like, or just take a look for yourself outside.

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists -- at least, not as a recognized constellation.

The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations.

What Is the Geminid Meteor Shower?

What Is the Geminid Meteor Shower? The celestial event is caused by a stream of cosmic debris falling toward Earth at incredible speeds.

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight , one of the best annual Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak , which lasts only a few hours. Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower tonight , one of the best annual Mid- and far-north latitudes will have the best chance to see the peak , which lasts only a few hours. Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour

The meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Bootes.

Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet," rather than an icy comet, which is unusual. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once.

The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle. Each year, Earth passes through this debris trail for a short time.

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that isn't littered with city lights that will obstruct your view. If you're able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness -- without looking at your phone -- so meteors are easier to spot.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russia, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.

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.

A meteorite may have struck western Cuba, National Weather Service says.
The explosion reported in Viñales, Cuba, is not confirmed to be from a meteorite, but the government is investigating.

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