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Meteors, blood moon, Mercury’s crossing coming to Southwest’s sky

05 January 2019, 09:57 | Ross Houston

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

It's important to remember that we likely won't see 50-100 meteors each hour in the United States, but the potential is there to see up to 50 depending on when exactly the peak occurs.

Are you fond of seeing meteor showers as well? Eastern Standard Time before the Quadrantids peak at 10 p.m. EST.

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers.

The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly.

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With its "bright fireball meteors" appearing at up to 200 an hour, the Quadrantids meteor shower is considered one of the best ones of the year, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on its website.

The shower's radiant, in the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis, is in a star-poor but familiar area in the northeast sky. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

Even if you only catch the shower at an off-peak moment, the rates of about 25 meteors per hour are still expected.

The Quadrantids show will begin late Thursday and run through dawn Friday in a dark sky unlit by a moon, and the southwestern and central US will offer the best views. The phenomenon, known as a transit, will not reoccur until November 13, 2032.To avoid eye damage, viewers will need solar filters like those used during the Great American Eclipse. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors". Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.



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