Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks. A moonless night should help your chances to see it.

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. For sky watchers to witness the crescendo of meteors, the timing must be right.

In the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, people could see between 80 and 200 meteors per hour, according to CNN. The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour.

The Quadrantids, which originate from an asteroid known as 2003 EH1 (possibly an "extinct comet"), is one of only two known meteor showers to originate from a rocky body.

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You can visit Time and Date for a better idea if you'll see it or not.

The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation. The shower will happen between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations. It's the first major meteor shower of 2019.

It typically occurs in early January and has a shorter peak than others, the website stated.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

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To get the best view you'll need to be in the Northern Hemisphere and avoid as much light pollution as possible. And if you're lucky, you might be able to catch the result: colorful meteor showers that light up the night sky.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up. "So that is definitely going to make them look brighter".

For the best viewing, make sure to give your eyes time to adapt to the dark. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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