The Quadrantid meteor shower is 2019’s first main meteor shower. We’ll have moon-free skies for the peak this year, anticipated late evening January three till daybreak January 4. Though the Quadrantids have been identified to provide some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky, their peak is extraordinarily slender, time-smart. Peaks of the Perseid or Geminid meteor showers persist for a day or extra, permitting all time zones around the globe to take pleasure in an excellent show of Perseids or Geminids. However, the Quadrantids’ peak lasts only some hours. So you must be on the correct a part of Earth – ideally with the radiant excessive in your sky – to be able to expertise the height of the Quadrantids. What’s extra, the shower favors the Northern Hemisphere as a result of its radiant level is to date north on the sky’s dome.
So that you want some luck to see the Quadrantids, and being within the Northern Hemisphere does assist. Consider the prediction of the Quadrantid peak represents an informed guess, not an ironclad assure. That stated, in 2019 the International Meteor Organization offers the peak as January 4 at 02:00 UTC. If that prediction of the height holds, Europe – and areas of the globe surrounding Europe – have an excellent shot at viewing the bathe at its finest throughout the predawn hours on January 4. Merely know that meteor showers are infamous for defying the very best-laid forecasts. Thus for the Quadrantids – as for any meteor shower – your most exceptional plan is to search for yourself.