What time is the meteor shower tonight?


For anyone who has clear skies in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 4, look up! At that speed, they compress the air in their paths, causing the air to glow.

The IMO suggests the best strategy to spot meteors is to face the northeast quadrant of the sky and center your view about halfway up in the sky.

National Astronomical Research Institution of Thailand (NARIT)'s Chief of Academic Services Section Suphareuk Khareuhanon said that the meteor shower will create "shooting stars" best viewed during the peak of the phenomenon, from 2:30am until dawn tomorrow. During its peak, between 60 to 200 meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions.

"While the average Quadrantid is fairly bright, this shower is not photogenic unless you take time exposures during maximum activity", the American Meteor Society says. So if you want to see an impressive meteor shower, make sure you check out tomorrow night's Quadrantids since there are twice as many meteors than what Lyrids can offer.

"Keep in mind that meteor showers are fickle".

The International Meteor Organization notes that the Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year, but due to commonly poor weather in early January, they might not be as powerful.

Thus, the meteors were christened Quadrantids, and even though the constellation from which these meteors appear to radiate is no longer recognized as an official constellation, the shower's original appellation continues to this day.

You won't need a telescope to enjoy the show - it can be seen from the bare human eye.

This sample image from MeteorScan.com shows multiple meteor detections at 21:19 UTC on December 13, 2019.

The coloured "spikes" in the image above show the radar return signal when a meteoroid is detected passing by overhead.

Some astronomers believe that asteroid 2003 EH1 is really a piece of an old, "extinct " comet, perhaps a comet that was recorded by Chinese, Korean and Japanese observers from 1490-91.

Now, only the asteroid is left behind, continuing to orbit around the Sun along a trajectory more typical of comets.