Those looking to the skies late tonight should be able to witness the fireworks by the Quandrantids meteor shower. Quandrantids has been named after an extinct constellation, states NASA’s official site. The meteor shower should peak out around 100 streaks of light in an hour. Once the moon sets, you should have a clearer and more prominent view of the meteor shower with less light in the sky. NASA says that other meteor showers last shorter, such as the Perseid and Germinid. The Quandrantids like other meteor showers are a trail of debris left behind by asteroids or comets. The Quandrantids are debris from an asteroid that’s been called 2003 EH1.
The night sky will be lit up tonight
According to Spacedex, the best time for us in India to view the Quandrantids is between 9pm and 4:30am tonight. The streaks of light should be visible, as the pieces of the debris strike against the Earth’s atmosphere at 90,000mph. As the moon sets, these streaks will be only be brighter. One won’t need any kind of binoculars or telescopes to view it. Ideally, less lit areas away from the city are best locations to view the meteor shower.
Published Date: Jan 03, 2012 12:25 pm | Updated Date: Jan 03, 2012 12:25 pm