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The best way to see the first meteor shower of 2019

06 January 2019

Depending on where you are, the Quadrantid meteor shower can produce as many as 50-100 meteors per hour if conditions are ideal.

The meteors will appear low in the sky just above the northern horizon late Thursday night and during the early morning hours on Friday. Unlike other meteor showers, such as the Perseids or Geminids where the peak can last for a couple days, the Quadrantids peak is only for several hours, with the best time occurring between midnight and dawn. Around 60 percent of the meteors will be outside the field of view in North America, though stargazers in that region should still expect to see roughly 30 to 40 percent of meteors per hour, according to the Washington Post.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere could wind up seeing the most meteors. For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky.

Though intense, the Quadrantids feature only a brief peak.

The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. It will be visible throughout North America the night of january 20 and early morning of january 21. Each year, Earth passes through this debris trail for a short time.

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

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast. Space.com reports the closest approach of the full moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse on January 21.

The best way to see the first meteor shower of 2019