2020’s First Major Meteor Shower (Quadrantids) Will Bring “Fireball” Meteors To Earth This Weekend!

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Lynchburg, Va. (WSET); Quadrantid meteor shower is about to peak this weekend.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is going to light up the sky this weekend, on Saturday, January 4, at 3:20 a.m. It will last up to six hours, reported CNN.

As NASA announced, it is considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers.

Quadrantids are exceptional because of their bright fireball meteors. 60 to 200 meteors will light up the winter night sky during the shower’s peak. Quadrantids are also known for their bright fireball meteors. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material. Fireballs are also brighter, with magnitudes brighter than -3.

Viewing Tips

The Quadrantids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere (this shower can also be seen at latitudes north of 51 degrees south) during the night and predawn hours. To view the Quadrantids, find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

“You will want to dedicate at least 45 minutes to an hour to get the most out of your meteor shower experience,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said. “Your eyes need a solid half-hour to adjust. Then give yourself another half hour to take in the meteors.”

A piece of advice to skywatchers; be ready to look up in the dark sky, at least one hour before the peak because there are some possibilities it begins early.

The experts from NASA are suggesting to face the Northeast quadrant of the night sky if you want to see the most activity.

You can find out about a meteor shower activity for where you live HERE.

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