Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

A moonless night should help your chances to see it between midnight and dawn, but location is also a factor with this one-night-only meteor shower peak.

In the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, people could see between 80 and 200 meteors per hour, according to CNN. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in ideal conditions.

The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak at around 2am.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

Singapore Science Centre advised stargazers to check the star map as the shower will appear near the constellations Bootes, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

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He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as opposed to an icy comet.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? The meteors will be visible anywhere in the sky.

Here are Nasa's tips for viewing the Quadrantids: 'Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

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