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Quadrant time meteor shower, 1st of 2019, to top Thursday night

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 3, 2019, 2:27:51 AM EST

The new year's first meteor shower jumps later in the week as quadrant times tremble through the January night sky.

The top of the shower unfolds from the night of January 3rd to the early morning hours on January 4th. One of the benefits of stargazers is that the peak occurs during the new moon, allowing for a darker sky. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, can stop seeing the most meteors.

"Anywhere in the middle of northern and far north latitudes, can be in a decent position to see the quadrant times in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to destroy this year's show," EarthSky says.

Quadrant times Jan 3

"The lower natural pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but urban and motorway light pollution can still interfere with viewing," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada.

Under perfect conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per day. Time is seen below the top.

The most ideal viewing conditions will be seen over parts of the central and southwestern United States. Clouds and stormy weather can limit the view in the northwest, while a large storm disturbs the possibilities of shadows in much of the southeast.


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The timing of the peak is very narrow, according to Earthsky. Unlike other meteor showers, such as Perseider or Gemini, where the peak can last for a few days, the Quadrant time tip is only for hours, with the best time to come between midnight and dawn.

Because this peak is so short, some parts of the world may not see a shower.

"The spotlight for quadrant times is easy to find as it is close to the Big Dipper, one of the best known constellations in the sky. But meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the Big Dipper," said Lada.

According to NASA, the reason why the peak is so short is due to the "thin particle flow of the soda and the fact that Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle."

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