Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

The annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which could produce as many as 200 meteors per hour, will peak Thursday night, according to NASA. The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour.

We're not even a week into 2019 and already a celestial show is in our midst.

The Quadrantids may not be the most famous meteor shower, but it can be one of the most scenic and intense.

The meteor shower is expected to peak at 2am, with the Met Office suggesting people in the north-east will have a moderate chance of viewing the display if the skies remain clear.

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

The Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors due to the large particles of an asteroid interacting with our atmosphere.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? But skywatchers may still get a good look at meteors spawned by 2003 EH1, an asteroid that's possibly a "rock comet", which is a space object that acts like a cross between an asteroid and a comet. 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. 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.

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. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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