Look up! The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight

Quadrantids meteor shower how and when to watch in the UK

During flawless conditions, anywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak, they report.

Expected to peak in the early hour in the morning, you might be able to see about 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors an hour at the shower's peak.

Tonight's meteor shower will send bright fireballs from the asteroid designation 2003EH as Earth moves through the thickest part of the debris field. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. Those in Europe could wind up seeing the most meteors, which can range from 60 to over 100 during flawless conditions. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes.

On Thursday afternoon, Malaysia's national space agency ANGKASA also shared information about the Quadrantids, which it said can be viewed in Malaysia with the naked eye in clear weather and in an area free from light. The shower will be short-lived and last around six hours, according to Sky and Telescope.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time.

What you'll see: You'll likely see 80 meteors per hour, if not more. Skies will likely be mainly to entirely clear in Michiana and surrounding parts of Indiana, Michigan and IL.

"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. You don't need any special gear to view the shower, but be sure to give your eyes 15-30 minutes to adjust to the darkness when heading out!

What's coming in 2019Super blood moon: The most-viewed cosmic event of 2019 will occur January 20-21 as the moon turns red during the year's only total lunar eclipse. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.



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