It can be cold, but if it is clear, we suggest stepping outside in the evening of January 3 and 4. Why? That's when the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is expected to germinate.
The quadrant times derived from an asteroid known as the 2003 EH1 (possibly an extinct comet) are one of only two well-known meteor showers originating from a stony body. December Geminids is the second one that originates from & # 39; rock comet & # 39; asteroid 3200 Phaethon.
And while a full moon can get some of the meteors to become weaker, it's still worth taking a look.
According to the weather network, what sets the year's light display apart from last year is the fact that, unlike the 2018's show, "which was mostly washed out of the light from almost full moon, this year's meteor shower happens while the moon is just a thin slice of a crescent that slides over the horizon before sunset on Thursday, and does not reappear until just before dawn, Friday.
This, the network said, "means we get a nice dark sky all night, and observers have the best chance of catching even the weakest meteors flashing through the sky during the bath's 3-4 January."
Although not as known as other meteor showers, the quadrant time is expected to be on average 120 meteors per square meter. Time at its peak. But while these meteors are weaker and easier to miss, Space says that Quadrant time can "produce fireballs with large, glowing tails, highlighting the paths of meteors across the sky."
Even if you only catch the shower in a low moment, it is still expected about. 25 meteors per Hour.
The network has also mentioned the three "best practices" to see meteor showers. These include:
- Checking the weather
- Get away from light pollution
- Be patient
For the best viewing, be sure to give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. This usually takes anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes.
Overall, the best bet for Canadian skywatchers can be to go out just after sunset and get up to look for meteors in the earlier hours of the night to hopefully catch the tail end of the peak.
That said, the weather network notes that viewers in the eastern half of the country are likely to be more successful, "as the peak can completely die down before the sun sets in the western half."
Enjoy the light show!