Tuesday , January 19 2021

Quadrant time meteor shower due to this week – when and where to see shooting stars in the Northeast



An amazing meteor shower is set to shoot over the night sky.

Quadrant's Meteor shower will reach its peak early Friday morning, which should be the best chance to see shooting stars and meteors light up the dark night as the moon comes at the end of its third quarter and will seem very small, so the sky is set to be pitch black.

Dan Pye, Science Communicator at Kielder Observatory, said the shower peaks around at. 2 on Friday, January 4. He says that must be the best time to catch it.

There could be up to 150 meteors per hour, although star gasers could only see the amount if they had a fishing view in the dark.

Dan said, "Realistic in suburbs you can get 10-20 per hour at the top (2:00), you will catch them over the next few days, but still, just less frequently, a few hours maybe."

A star trail Nathimmelen over the Kielder Observatory.
A star trail Nathimmelen over the Kielder Observatory.

Where to get the best chance of seeing a meteor shower

You could catch a little meteor shower on Wednesday night / Thursday morning, but this is due to eat at 2am on Friday.

Ideally, to get the best chance of seeing the star show, you will get away from urban areas so the sky is as dark as possible. Come outside and give your eyes about 20 minutes to adjust to the dark.

Then look for the Boots constellation that you can identify by looking north and finding the Plow / Big dipper and following its bow until you see a very bright star called Arcturus.

Look for Boots for your best chance of seeing meteor shower
Look for Boots for your best chance of seeing meteor shower

The radiation point of the meteor shower – where it originates – should be there. Then look north to the south to track shooting stars.

Then, looking away from Bootes will give you a better glimpse of meteor tails.

If you are stuck, try using a stargazing app to identify the constellation.


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