The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is the first meteor shower of 2016. You wouldn’t want to miss it, right? Read on to get details about this spectacular sky event.
According to KTLA 5, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower will be seen around the world in Monday’s early-morning hours. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) predicted that the shower will “either sizzle or fizzle for observers in the U.S.” While, Europe can also get a glimpse of this wondrous display.
In its official Tumblr blog, NASA wrote,
“For viewing in the United States, observers should start at 3 a.m. EST. The peak should last about two hours with rates of 120 meteors per hour predicted in areas with a dark sky.”
An online community of space lovers called Slooh plans to broadcast the event real time, KTLA 5 noted. Although the shower is expected to be brief, it will be “occasionally intense.”
According to ABC News, the Quadrantids may be hard to spot yet it’s one of the best annual meteor showers. It’s known for its “bright, fireball meteors.” Under perfect conditions, the site mentioned that about 60-200 meteors can be seen per hour.
AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel mentioned that the Northern Hemisphere will get the best viewing conditions. Meanwhile, western parts of Arizona, Utah, California and Nevada won’t likely get a good look at the meteors. This is due to a storm moving into California, Samuhel noted.
For those hoping to catch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, here’s what you’ll need to do. WDBJ7 recommends to do the following: “Find a dark place away from city lights and look up, toward the northeast.”
And for those who aren’t lucky enough to get a glimpse, check out Slooh’s live broadcast event in this link.
In case you’ll miss the Quandtrantids, you can still look forward to two events. NASA mentioned that the Comet Catalina will pass by this month, between 14th – 17th. Likewise, the month of January is also the best time to view the constellation Orion.