Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks January 3

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Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks January 3
Posted by Centaur on Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:55 AM
The annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower is expected to reach a global peak on 2014 JAN 03 at 18 hr UT (Noon CST). At its peak it can rival the Perseids and Geminids at 80 or more per hour, but the Quadrantids peak lasts for mere hours rather than days. Nevertheless, some of its meteors can appear for a couple of nights on either side of the peak. The name refers to an obsolete constellation which is now part of Boötes. The meteors are believed to be remnants of the asteroid 2003 EH1, which may have originally been comet C/1490 Y1. 
 
Although the shower radiant is in the constellation Boötes, meteors are equally likely to be seen anywhere in the sky, but their tails point back toward the radiant. During the shower Boötes rises around midnight. The shower should be prominent from that time until morning twilight.
 
During the peak period the Moon will be a waxing crescent about 8% illuminated setting well before midnight. It should not provide a distraction.
 
I’ve created a schedule for major meteor showers during this decade. It includes Moon illumination information. It can be seen at www.CurtRenz.com/asteroids
 
Descriptions and perhaps lucky photos of the meteors would be welcome additions to this thread.

For astronomical graphics, including monthly wallpaper calendar, visit:

www.CurtRenz.com/astronomical


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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, December 28, 2013 1:27 PM

There's more on the Quadrantids at http://meteorshowersonline.com/quadrantids.html and http://www.imo.net/calendar/2014#qua

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Saturday, December 28, 2013 3:19 PM

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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