First Meteor Shower Of 2019 Peaks Thursday Night

Though a little more faint than traditional meteor showers, expect to see 25 meteors per hour.

EarthSky, at https://earthsky.org/, says meteors will come from the northern sky with the radiant point making a right angle with the Big Dipper and the star Arcturus.

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. This meteor shower will be all the more special, as it's known as a Quandrantids.

Astronomy lovers in the region, including in Singapore and Malaysia, may want to stay up on Thursday (Jan 3) night with the first - and possibly best - meteor shower of the year expected to peak in the early hours of Friday.

NASA calls the January celestial event one of the best annual shows in the night sky, only three meteor showers during the course of the year are capable of producing that many meteors in an hour. And if you're lucky, you might be able to catch the result: colorful meteor showers that light up the night sky.

Whether you live there or are willing to make the venture be sure to head down to the Southern Hemisphere to witness the spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations. 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.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky, and don't forget to bundle up. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust.

Vanessa Coleman

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