Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

The UK is about to be treated to a dazzling celestial display as up to 100 shooting stars scorch through the sky every hour.

A moonless night should help your chances to see it between midnight and dawn, but location is also a factor with this one-night-only meteor shower peak. But they will be most visible at their peak on January 3, according to the American Meteor Society website.

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

"Any place at mid-northern and far-northern latitudes might be in a decent position to watch the Quadrantids in 2019, especially as there is no moonlight to ruin this year's show", EarthSky added.

What you'll see: You'll likely see 80 meteors per hour, if not more. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material'. And if you live in a city, it's best to leave and find a stargazing spot with little to no light pollution.

The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. Avoiding light from cellphones and other sources will give people's eyes more time to adjust to the darkness and make the meteors easier to see.



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