Viewers can expect to see anywhere from 80 to 200 meteors per hour. The combination of those two factors will allow for a great show of meteors Thursday night. Eastern Standard Time before the Quadrantids peak at 10 p.m. EST.
The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity. If you missed out on a few meteor showers, or eclipses, don't worry, 2019 has got you covered. This meteor shower will be all the more special, as it's known as a Quandrantids.
The meteors will appear low in the sky just above the northern horizon late Thursday night and during the early morning hours on Friday.
With a moon-free sky on January 3, the Quadrantid meteor shower has a good chance of high visibility against a dark sky in northern latitudes.
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.
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The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere, and the stream occurs at a perpendicular angle. To spot meteors best, look for the Big Dipper, and follow the arc of its handle to Arcturus, which is a bright star, the brightest in its constellation of Bootes.
For people in North America, that won't be the case this year.
Stargazers in urban areas may have more luck spotting meteors if they travel to a place with a wide view of the sky and less light pollution, NASA explains.
For the best viewing, make sure to give your eyes time to adapt to the dark. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.