The Quadrantids Meteor Shower has already started, but its peak will be on January 3rd in the evening when stargazers will be able to watch the first shooting stars in 2020. You can also try spotting a few shooting stars tonight, but tomorrow, a little after midnight, you will be able to locate a lot more meteors since it is expected to see 40 meteors per hour during its peak.
Quadrantids Meteor Shower — The First Shooting Stars of 2020
The Quadrantids are bright and easy to spot, the brightest ones leaving a trace. North America is having a favorable year for stargazers, who will be able to see an incredible display of celestial fireworks. The next time it will be as stunning as this year will happen in 2028!
If the night is clear, we bet you have a chance at seeing one. NASA stated that these are one of the best meteor showers of the year:
“The Quadrantids, which peak during early-January each year, are considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers. Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible. The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter—only a few hours.”
The Quadrantids originate from asteroid 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to complete a solar orbit, NASA adding that: “It is possible that 2003 EH is a ‘dead comet’ or a new kind of object being discussed by astronomers called a ‘rock comet.’”
Handy Tips for Stargazers
North American stargazers will see the peak at 03:20 EST, 02:20 CST, 01:20 MST, and 12:20 PST on the morning of January 4, 2020 – but we advise you start watching out for meteors an hour before these times just in case the peak is earlier.
The space agency recommends stargazers to be prepared for winter weather and lie on a lawn chair with the feet facing northeast. It is best to head to an area such as the countryside, where it’s less light pollution. Your eyes will adjust after spending half an hour in the dark, and until dawn, you will be able to see a few meters.
The next meteor shower will take place in April, when the Lyrids Meteor Shower will peak on April 22, during the evening. During the Lyrids, stargazers will be able to see around 20 meteors per hour. So if you want to see an impressive meteor shower, make sure you check out tomorrow night’s Quadrantids since there are twice as many meteors than what Lyrids can offer.