First meteor shower of 2019 to peak Thursday night

Cristina Cross
January 5, 2019

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which could produce as many as 200 meteors per hour, will peak Thursday night, according to NASA.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", EarthSky added.

The meteor shower will hit its peak at about midnight, with meteors raining down on Earth until dawn.

However, the peak will only last a few hours. The stellar show is falling during a new moon, meaning the sky is darker and the meteors will be more easily visible. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid.

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This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations.

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.

On Thursday afternoon, Malaysia's national space agency ANGKASA also shared information about the Quadrantids, which it said can be viewed in Malaysia with the naked eye in clear weather and in an area free from light. Lie flat on your back with feet facing northeast and look up at the sky - it should take less than 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Though the moon may block out the full light show, on April 23 you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower.

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 Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

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